Most New Orleans Public School Grads Go To College, Stay In-State

May 21, 2014

The Lens reports that almost 70 percent of New Orleans public high school students in the class of 2012 went on to college. That number leads the state average by two percentage points.

Data comes from the nonprofit Educate Now website. The site released data this week about high school graduation rates in New Orleans.

Almost 60 percent of the college-bound students entered college immediately after high school. The rest enrolled by the fall of 2013, or 16 months after graduation.

In all, about 40 percent of the high school grads went on to attend a community college. And, a clear majority — 85 percent — stayed in the state of Louisiana for school.

The numbers don’t show college retention rates for the graduates once they matriculated.