This section of charts contains education data for Contra Costa County California based mainly on the latest year 2020 American Community Survey census data but also the survey from Common Core Data available for Public Elementary through Secondary Schools. In Figure 1, the percent of all people aged 25 years or older, who have either graduated from high school or completed the Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) or some equivalent certification/credential. Contra Costa County depicts it has a High School Grad or higher of 89% which is the third most percent high school graduates or better of all other counties in the greater Contra Costa County region. The county with the highest percent high school graduates or better in the area is Marin County which shows a high school graduates of 93% (only about 4.3% larger).
In Figure 2, the percentage of people aged 25 years or older who have graduated from college/university with at least a bachelor's degree is provided. Note that the bachelor's degree is also called a four-year degree because it normally takes four years of full-time study to finish the course curriculum required to obtain the degree. This chart portrays the proportion of the population in this region who are college graduates with at least a bachelor degree or higher. In many ways, this analysis alongside the prior chart are very quick measures of the level of education in any particular area. Contra Costa County shows it has a Bachelors Degree or higher of 42% which is less than most other counties in the local area. The county with the highest percent with a bachelors degree or higher in the area is Marin County which depicts a percent with a bachelors degree of 59% (40.5% larger).
Figure 4 shows the percentage of people 25 years of age or older who either have no schooling at all or dropped out of school before being able to complete high school. Additionally, these are people who also do not have a Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) or some other high school level type credential/student achievement. This analysis, along with the last two charts, provides another high level review and comparative data on the Contra Costa County California educational level. Contra Costa County depicts it has a School Dropout Rate of 11% which is less than most other counties in the local area. The county with the highest percent who dropped out of school in the area is San Joaquin County which shows a percent who dropped out of school of 21% (about twice as large).
Figure 9 provides comparative data between the places in the greater Contra Costa County California region for broad educational attainment. This analysis uses provides five broad education attainment categories including: No Education/No School, Some High School, High School or equivalent, Some college or Associates Degree, and Bachelors Degree or higher. Contra Costa County has one of the largest proportions of percent of people with high school (or ged) at 29.9% of the total and is ranked #3. Only #2 San Joaquin County (32.2%), and #1 Solano County (37.7%) are larger. The next exhibit (Figure 11) provides detailed cross tabulation analysis that provides education success data broken out or cross tabulated by age group. Please note that the columns add to 100% and you must use the pagination buttons at the bottom of the table to see all the rows.
Figure 12 is a cross tabulation analysis that shows large educational success categories and is broken out or cross tabulated by racial group. Please note that the columns add to 100% and you must use the pagination buttons at the bottom of the table to see all the rows.The final cross tabulation analysis is provided in Figure 13 and shows education success broken out by gender. Please note that the columns add to 100% and you must use the pagination buttons at the bottom of the table to see all the rows.
Contra Costa County School Enrollment Charts
The next section of chart resources look at school enrollment by a variety of educational institutions and are categorized into a number of other groupings. Figure 14 provides the overall school enrollment by broad range of school age/level groupings. Contra Costa County has one of the largest proportions of percent of children in kindergarten at 20.8% of the total and is ranked #3. Only #2 Solano County (21.1%), and #1 San Joaquin County (22.9%) are larger.
Figure 15 provides a simple high level comparison of the proportion of students that are enrolled in public schools versus students enrolled in private schools in the Contra Costa County California region. Contra Costa County indicates percent enrolled in public schools very much bigger as the percent enrolled in private schools.
The next comparison provided in Figure 16 shows the proportion of students enrolled in private schools versus students enrolled public schools for students enrolled in Kindergarten through 8th grade (grade 8) or (K through 8). Contra Costa County depicts percent of children enrolled in public k-8 grades very much bigger as the percent of children enrolled in private k-8 grades.
Figure 17 provides a comparative analysis all students enrolled in a public high school versus those students who are enrolled in private high school schools. Contra Costa County depicts percent enrolled in a public high school substantially bigger as the percent enrolled in a private high school.
The next chart (Figure 18) provides a similar analysis to the last chart but provides the data for public post secondary education versus private higher education colleges. Contra Costa County depicts percent enrolled in a public college quite a bit bigger as the percent enrolled in a private college.
Figure 19 shows another view of students enrolled in public or private schools-postsecondary schools or colleges/universities. This analysis shows the proportion for all graduate and professional schools (such as law or medical school) and whether those students are enrolled in private or public institutions. Contra Costa County shows percent enrolled in a public gradudate or professional school 21.7% larger as the percent enrolled in a private gradudate or professional school.
The next chart in this series of resources shown in Figure 20 looks at the total number of students enrolled in any educational institution for each place in the greater Contra Costa County region. (Total enrollment in this case includes all students from preschool all the way through students enrolled in graduate school.) Contra Costa County shows it has a Total Enrolled of 295,019 which is the second most total enrolled of all the counties in the greater Contra Costa County region. The county with the highest total population enrolled in school in the area is Alameda County which depicts a total population enrolled in school of 414,966 (40.7% larger). Comparing total population enrolled in school to the United States average of 81,084,866, Contra Costa County is only about 0.4% the size. Also, measured against the state of California, total population enrolled in school of 10,423,307, Contra Costa County is only about 2.8% the size.
Contra Costa County Area Schools Charts
Figure 23 lists all the schools in the area along with the school district, county location and other program information/credential such as if they are a public charter school or private charter school or magnet school. Some of the Area Schools are: Pine Hollow Middle, Highlands Elementary, Mt. Diablo Elementary, Diablo View Middle, and Ayers Elementary. The next illustration in Figure 24 shows the total child school enrollment for all grades (through 12th grade) at the school shown using NCES data (Common Core of Data, Public Elementary-Secondary School Universe Survey.) Looking at Enrollment for Area Schools we find that Northgate High ranks the largest with a value of 1,589 enrolled students. The next largest values are for: Ygnacio Valley High (1,207), Foothill Middle (1,037), El Dorado Middle (1,036), and Mt. Diablo Elementary (792). The difference between the highest value (Northgate High) and the next highest (Ygnacio Valley High) is that the enrolled students is about 31.6% larger.
Figure 25 show the ratio of the number of students to the number of teachers in the classroom. A good student to teacher ratio should be low because it indicates that there are less students for any one teacher to educate in a class and generally a better learning environment, better success and optimal teaching excellence. Teachers includes all educational staff such as special education teachers and any other educator. Note that distance learning (online learning/remote learning) is not included in these values. Looking at Student to Teacher Ratio for Area Schools we find that Eagle Peak Montessori ranks the largest with a value of 18.8 student to teacher ratio. The next largest values are for: Ygnacio Valley High (19.8), Pine Hollow Middle (22.5), El Dorado Middle (23.0), and Silverwood Elementary (23.0). The difference between the lowest value (Eagle Peak Montessori) and the next lowest (Ygnacio Valley High) is that the student to teacher ratio is only about 5.1% larger.
The next chart, Figure 26, shows the racial mix of students at each location in this district of the state of California department of education.
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