This section of charts contains education data for Pierce County Washington 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. Pierce County shows it has a High School Grad or higher of 92% which is in the middle range of other counties in the metropolitan area. The county with the highest percent high school graduates or better in the area is Kitsap County which shows a high school graduates of 95% (only about 3.3% 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. Pierce County indicates it has a Bachelors Degree or higher of 28% which is in the mid range of other counties in the local area. The county with the highest percent with a bachelors degree or higher in the area is King County which depicts a percent with a bachelors degree of 53% (about twice as large).
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 Pierce County Washington educational level. Pierce County shows it has a School Dropout Rate of 8% which is in the mid range of other counties in the greater region. The county with the highest percent who dropped out of school in the area is Lewis County which depicts a percent who dropped out of school of 11% (30.1% 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. Pierce County has the smallest proportion of percent of people with a degree in social sciences at 5.2% of the total. Second, it has the largest proportion of percent of people with a degree in communications at 7.3% of the total and is ranked #1. 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.
Pierce 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. Pierce County has one of the largest proportions of percent of children in kindergarten at 23.1% of the total and is ranked #2. The only larger county being Mason County with 24.0%.
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 Pierce County Washington region. Pierce County shows 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). Pierce 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. Pierce County depicts 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. Pierce County shows percent enrolled in a public college approximately 3.9 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. Pierce County depicts percent enrolled in a public gradudate or professional school 76.9% 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 Pierce County region. (Total enrollment in this case includes all students from preschool all the way through students enrolled in graduate school.) Pierce County depicts it has a Total Enrolled of 210,911 which is the second most total enrolled of all the counties in the greater Pierce County region. The county with the highest total population enrolled in school in the area is King County which depicts a total population enrolled in school of 507,240 (approximately 2.4 times bigger). Comparing total population enrolled in school to the United States average of 80,497,960, Pierce County is only about 0.3% the size. Also, versus the state of Washington, total population enrolled in school of 1,753,707, Pierce County is approximately an eigth the size.
Pierce 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: Orting Primary School, Orting High School, Orting Middle School, Ptarmigan Ridge Intermediate Sch, and Carbonado Historical School 19. 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 Graham Kapowsin High School ranks the largest with a value of 1,886 enrolled students. The next largest values are for: Emerald Ridge High School (1,615), Glacier View Junior High (855), Orting High School (755), and Graham Elementary (724). The difference between the highest value (Graham Kapowsin High School) and the next highest (Emerald Ridge High School) is that the enrolled students is about 16.8% 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 Carbonado Historical School 19 ranks the largest with a value of 15.5 student to teacher ratio. The next largest values are for: Wilkeson Elementary School (20.4), Nelson Elementary School (20.5), Graham Elementary (21.3), and Frontier Middle School (21.5). The difference between the lowest value (Carbonado Historical School 19) and the next lowest (Wilkeson Elementary School) is that the student to teacher ratio is 31.8% larger.
The next chart, Figure 26, shows the racial mix of students at each location in this district of the state of Washington department of education.
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