Education & School Enrollment

Education & School Enrollment


Where VA legislators went to college

VA Public School Enrollment & Projections


Racial School Segregation by Racial Neighborhood Segregation

Web Series

Talent in Virginia: Where is it coming from and where is it going?
With urban areas facing affordability issues, the expansion of telework and broadband capability, and the growing desire to live in small towns, the rural areas of Virginia may soon become the place to get an education and stay for a while.

Virginia’s school enrollment declined in 2018 for the first time in decades
For decades, Virginia’s public school enrollment has grown steadily, but the results from this year’s September student count show that in 2018, Virginia’s enrollment fell by a little over 2,000 students.

Helping first-gen students: first find them in high school
What factors discourage, or even prevent, high school students from applying for admission to Virginia’s many fine postsecondary institutions?

It’s a hard knock life: School test scores closely follow local income levels
In Virginia, divisions with high Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores have attracted a disproportionate amount of their metro area’s population growth in recent years.

What are the most popular colleges in Virginia?
The most popular college in much of Virginia is each region’s largest state university.

Where Virginia legislators went to college
Democrats are more likely to go to college and more likely to have attended private institutions while Republicans are more likely to have attended public schools and stayed in-state.

America’s College Promise in Virginia
What might America’s College Promise mean for Virginia students, and the Commonwealth’s budget?

The Goldilocks problem: Enrollment trends are not being kind to Virginia’s schools: In many of Virginia’s localities the number of children enrolled in their schools is beginning to decline while their population continues to grow.

The demographics of declining college enrollments
College attendance has climbed over the years to the point where an overwhelming majority of American young people will enroll in college. This is not enough to keep up with the overall decline in college-aged adults.

What’s driving the rise in high school graduation rates? Nearly 8,000 more high school seniors graduated in June than were expected just a few years ago.

Metropolitan cross-sections: College graduates
The percentage of adults with bachelor’s degrees is an interesting proxy for studying gentrification.

Education in Virginia: Doing it at home: In 2012, there were more than 10 times as many homes schooled students in Virginia than there were in 1989.

As more families choose cities, governments are returning to the drawing board: More young families are staying in Virginia’s urban areas to raise their children and enroll them in local schools.

A quick glance at school enrollment projections: School enrollment projections are crucial for staffing, budgeting, and classroom allocations as school districts rely on these numbers to anticipate future needs and plan accordingly.

Racial segregation in Virginia’s schools
School racial segregation clearly follows residential racial segregation.

More on Virginia’s Colleges
This post uses a star chart (aka radar chart, spider chart) to show data on Virginia’s 4-year public colleges.

College Completion in Virginia
Virginia’s public colleges fare quite well nationally, ranking 2nd in four-year graduation rates (behind Delaware) and 4th in six-year graduation rates (behind Delaware, Iowa, and Washington).


Census Brief: Public School Enrollment Trends
Public school enrollment is declining in most communities outside of Virginia’s Urban Crescent.