LIVINGSTON, NJ — In an effort to update the public on the post-graduation status of Livingston Public School students, the Livingston Board of Education recently shared some statistics as it relates to the Class of 2019, such as where the recent graduates are now, how these statistics have changed over the last five years and goals the district has developed based on these findings.

According to the board’s report, more than 97 percent of 2019 graduates attended a postsecondary institution after 3,946 applications were sent to 343 different colleges/universities during that school year.

Of the 444 total students, 90.7 percent of them attend a four-year college or university, 7.4 percent attend a two-year college or university and 2.3 percent are either employed, active in the United States military or participating in a gap-year program.

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The school board also broke these statistics down as follows:

General education students: More than 98 percent of the 382 general education students are currently attending either a four-year or two-year college or university while 1.6 percent of the students are employed, active in the military or participating in a gap-year program.

Special education students: Of the 62 special education students, 67.7 percent attend a four-year college or university while 25.8 percent attend a two-year college or university and 6.5 percent are employed, active in the military or participating in a gap-year program.

Males: Of the 216 male students in the Class of 2019, 86.6 percent attend a four-year college or university while 11.1 percent attend a two-year college or university and 2.3 percent are employed, active in the military or participating in a gap-year program.

Females: By comparison, 93.9 percent of the 228 female students attend a four-year college or university while 3.9 percent attend a two-year college or university and 2.2 percent are employed, active in the military or participating in a gap-year program.

Over the last five years, the statistics have not shown a significant increase or decrease in any of these categories, although the board did not share statistics specific to gender or special education students.

According to the “five-year glance,” which can be seen in its entirety in the photos above, the percentage of students attending a four-year college or institution was 90.3 percent in 2019 versus 88 percent in 2015; the percentage of students attending a two-year college or institution was 7.4 percent in 2019 versus 8 percent in 2015; and the percentage of students who were employed active in the military or participating in a gap-year program was 2.3 percent in 2019 versus 4 percent in 2015.

Goals moving forward for the school counseling program based on these findings include:

  • Implementing a series of evening programs for students and parents;
  • Counselor visits to colleges/universities to learn about the right fit, admissions updates and changing landscape;
  • Researching military, trade/vocational and gap-year program opportunities;
  • Continuing professional development for school counselors and CST with Transition Coordinator, Directors of Special Education and School Counseling;
  • Continuing to host regional representative information sessions, keeping in mind that approximately 162 college/university admissions representatives visited throughout the fall of 2019;
  • Enhancing the exploration of interests and career opportunities in the middle schools; and
  • Enhancing summer programs and initiatives.