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More Mahwah Students Attending 4-Year Colleges Than Ever Before

Over 95% of the 2012 graduating class is pursuing some sort of post-secondary degree

More Mahwah High School grads than ever in the district’s history are attending four-year colleges after graduation, MHS Guidance Director Dominick Gliatta said during a presentation to the Board of Education last week. According to statistics he presented from the Class of 2012, 200 of Mahwah’s 245 graduates, or 81.6 percent of the 2012 graduating class, are attending four-year schools, which is the highest percentage in Mahwah history, he said.

“That number would actually probably be higher if not for the economy,” he said. “We have a lot of students choosing to attend two-year schools first, and then transferring to four year schools [because of the] economy,” he said.

“The important number is when you combine them,” interim Superintendent Dr. Karen Lake said. Considering both students attending four-year schools and students attending two-year schools, “we have 95.5 percent of graduates moving on to post-secondary work,” she said.

The record is something the district is “very proud of,” Gliatta added.

Mahwah students are going all over the country to continue their educations, he added. 2012 grads are attending colleges in 21 states, which is up from 20 in 2011, Gliatta said.

A reproduction of a table Gliatta presented to the board: 

Plans

Class of 2012

Class of 2012 (%)

Class of 2011 (%)

Class of 2010 (%)

Class of 2009 (%)

Class of 2008 (%)

Post Secondary

234

95.5

96.9

94.9

96.2

93.3

4-Year Colleges

200

81.6

79.8

80.0

78.9

72.7

2-Year Colleges

31

12.7

15.5

14.9

15.2

17

Technical Schools

3

1.2

1.6

0.8

2.1

3.6

Military

2

0.8

0

0.4

0.8

0.4

Employment

6

2.4

2.0

3.9

3.0

2.2

Other

3

1.2

1.2

0

0

4.1

Total

245

100

100

100

100

100

Gliatta pointed out that the “other” plans students made after high school included in 2012 joining the Peace Corps, taking part in a research project, and traveling abroad.

“Our students are very aware of what they want to do,” he commented.” “And, I think the end result is that Mahwah students are prepared for college.”

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