This section of charts contains education data for Lee County Florida based mainly on the latest year 2021 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. Lee County indicates it has a High School Grad or higher of 89% which is the third most of all other counties in the local area. The county with the highest percent high school graduates or better in the area is Sarasota County which shows a high school graduates of 93% (only about 4.5% 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. Lee County depicts it has a Bachelors Degree or higher of 28% which is the third most percent with a bachelors degree or higher of all other counties in the greater Lee County region. The county with the highest percent with a bachelors degree or higher in the area is Sarasota County which depicts a percent with a bachelors degree of 36% (27.8% 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 Lee County Florida educational level. Lee 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 Hendry County which shows a percent who dropped out of school of 31% (approximately 2.9 times bigger).
Figure 5 provides a more detailed look at the educational attainment for Lee County Florida. This chart provides the proportion of people aged 25 years of age or older and what was their level of educational attainment. The chart provides 5 broad categories including: No Education/No School, Some High School, High School or equivalent, Some college or Associates Degree, and Bachelors Degree or higher. Lee County has the percentage of percent of people with no schooling less than most other counties in the local area at 9% of the total. Second, it has one of the largest proportions of percent of people with some college or an associates degree at 28% of the total and is ranked #3. Only #2 Collier County (36%), and #1 Sarasota County (36%) are larger.
The next chart (Figure 8) provides a more detailed deep dive on the category of major degree obtained for people aged 25 years or older who earned a bachelor's degree or higher. Specifically, this frequency distribution details out what the major field of study was the degree obtained. Lee County has the smallest proportion of percent of people with a degree in engineering at 0.5% of the total.
Figure 9 provides comparative data between the places in the greater Lee County Florida 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. Lee County has one of the largest proportions of percent of people with high school (or ged) at 29.6% of the total and is ranked #2. The only larger county being Charlotte County with 33.5%. Second, it has one of the largest proportions of percent of people with some college or an associates degree at 28.5% of the total and is ranked #3. Only #2 Collier County (35.9%), and #1 Sarasota County (36.4%) are larger.
A more detailed frequency distribution of educational attainment is provided in Figure 10. In particular this illustration breaks out the highest levels of university educational opportunities beyond the four year college degree. Included in the breakout are the relative proportion of masters degrees, PhD/Doctorate/Doctorial holders, and professional degrees such as medicine, dentistry, lawyers, etc. Lee County has the percentage of percent of people with no schooling less than most other counties in the metro area at 9.4% of the total. 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.
Lee 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. Lee County has the percentage of percent of children in kindergarten less than most other counties in the local area at 20.5% of the total. Second, it has one of the largest proportions of percent of children in grades 9 to 12 at 22.1% of the total and is ranked #3. Only #2 Sarasota County (22.1%), and #1 Charlotte County (24.3%) are larger. Third, it has the largest proportion of percent of people in undergraduate colleges at 4.7% of the total and is ranked #1.
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 Lee County Florida region. Lee County shows percent enrolled in public schools appreciably 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). Lee County shows percent of children enrolled in public k-8 grades considerably 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. Lee County shows percent enrolled in a public high school very much 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. Lee County depicts percent enrolled in a public college approximately 4.4 times 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. Lee County depicts percent enrolled in a public gradudate or professional school 23.5% 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 Lee County region. (Total enrollment in this case includes all students from preschool all the way through students enrolled in graduate school.) Lee County indicates it has a Total Enrolled of 144,206 which is ranked #1 of all counties in the greater Lee County region. Comparing total population enrolled in school to the United States average of 80,497,960, Lee County is only about 0.2% the size. Also, compared with the state of Florida, total population enrolled in school of 4,774,888, Lee County is only about 3.0% the size.
Lee 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: Edison Collegiate High School, Cypress Lake Middle School, Cypress Lake High School, Villas Elementary School, and Tanglewood Elementary School. 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 South Fort Myers High School ranks the largest with a value of 1,820 enrolled students. The next largest values are for: Cypress Lake High School (1,549), Six Mile Charter Academy (1,191), Heights Elementary School (1,076), and Lexington Middle School (916). The difference between the highest value (South Fort Myers High School) and the next highest (Cypress Lake High School) is that the enrolled students is about 17.5% 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 Villas Elementary School ranks the largest with a value of 12.6 student to teacher ratio. The next largest values are for: Fort Myers Preparatory And Fitness Academy (12.9), Orangewood Elementary School (13.5), Tanglewood Elementary School (13.9), and Heights Elementary School (14.9). The difference between the lowest value (Villas Elementary School) and the next lowest (Fort Myers Preparatory And Fitness Academy) is that the student to teacher ratio is only about 2.6% larger.
The next chart, Figure 26, shows the racial mix of students at each location in this district of the state of Florida department of education.
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