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Hart senior survey shows almost half of 2013 graduates heading to community college

Posted: August 3, 2013 8:41 p.m.
Updated: August 3, 2013 8:41 p.m.

Castaic Elementary School children play during recess on their first day at Castaic Elementary School on Monday.


Most members of the Hart high school district class of 2013 believe they were well prepared for life after high school, and many plan to attend community college this year, according to the results of a survey of graduating seniors released last week.

The annual survey, completed at the end of last school year by 3,229 of the district’s graduating seniors, provides an overview of students’ plans for life after high school, with questions ranging from whether graduates plan to attend college to what kind of financial assistance they plan to receive if they do.

The most frequent answer – provided by about 43.8 percent of the William S. Hart Union High School District graduates – indicates they plan to attend community college.

Another 24 percent plan to attend four-year universities in California, while only 9.3 percent say they will go to a public, out-of-state school.

Four-fifths of all survey respondents said they plan to attend some kind of post-secondary school on a full-time basis.

The vast majority of graduates, 89 percent, said they plan to work part time while attending college. The other respondents said they plan to work full time.

Regardless of what their plans are after school, most Hart district seniors said the education they received in the district has prepared them for what lies ahead.

Almost 90 percent of district seniors said high school had left them “prepared,” “well prepared” or “very well prepared” for their plans after school. Only 10 percent said high school had left them “not very prepared” or “not prepared.”

Hart district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker said the district used a different survey system this year than it has in the past, so there is not good data to compare this year’s results to.

“This is pretty much a base line for us this year, and we are thrilled that we will be able to better measure the plans of our graduates and have comparison data in future years,” she said.



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