Table 9: Background Information About the Graduating Class

Number
of
Students
Average ACT
Composite
Score
Percent
HS Curriculum or Program
Business Communication/Vocational-Occupational 102807 18.1 10
College Prep 640541 22.1 63
Other or General or No Response 275705 19.6 27
Request Assistance With:
Ed/Occupational Plans 426395 21.2 42
Expressing Ideas in Writing 213704 19.5 21
Reading/Comprehension 283405 19.3 28
Study Skills 410703 19.6 40
Math Skills 398391 19.2 39
Personal Concerns 109930 19.5 11
Expressed Financial Need
Need Financial Aid 804878 21.0 79
Need to Find Work 681863 20.8 67
Number
of
Students
Average ACT
Composite
Score
Percent
Special College Programs
Independent Study 418948 21.9 41
Honors Courses 316251 23.6 31
Advanced Placement in College
English 289991 22.8 28
Math 254147 23.3 25
Social Studies 260876 22.7 26
Natural Science 241191 22.9 24
Foreign Language 201370 22.5 20
Maximum Yearly College Tuition
$1000 & Under 47374 17.4 5
$1001 - $2000 64819 18.7 6
$2001 - $4000 136673 19.9 13
$4001 - $7500 153695 20.9 15
$7501 & Over 57145 21.8 6
No Preference 465304 22.1 46
No Response 94043 20.6 9
Number
of
Students
Average ACT
Composite
Score
Percent
Grade Level When Tested
Sophomore 6094 21.0 1
Junior 324707 22.2 32
Senior 676569 20.5 66
Other/No Response 11683 20.5 1
College Core Preparation
Core or More 615545 22.0 60
Less Than Core 367537 19.4 36
No Response 35971 20.2 4
Racial-Ethnic Background
African American 103932 17.1 10
American Indian 10830 18.9 1
Caucasian 732025 21.7 72
Mexican American 38257 18.6 4
Asian/Pacific American 33251 21.7 3
Other Hispanic 15073 19.6 1
Other 14813 19.5 1
Multi-Racial 13408 21.2 1
Prefer Not to Respond 39376 22.2 4
No Response 18088 20.3 2
Number
of
Students
Average ACT
Composite
Score
Percent
Estimated Family Income
Less Than $18,000 87488 18.4 9
About $18,000 - $24,000 71278 19.2 7
About $24,000 - $30,000 70025 19.9 7
About $30,000 - $36,000 70817 20.5 7
About $36,000 - $42,000 79823 20.8 8
About $42,000 - $50,000 96614 21.2 9
About $50,000 - $60,000 106434 21.6 10
About $60,000 - $80,000 129039 22.1 13
About $80,000 - $100,000 71364 22.7 7
More Than $100,000 80398 23.4 8
No Response 155773 20.8 15
HS Class Rank
Top Quartile 416908 23.8 41
2nd Quartile 333792 19.7 33
3rd Quartile 161829 17.7 16
4th Quartile 20983 16.8 2
No Response 85541 20.1 8
Number
of
Students
Average ACT
Composite
Score
Percent
Educational Degree Aspiration
Vocational-Technical 13367 17.2 1
2 year College Degree 47099 17.3 5
Bachelors Degree 336091 20.1 33
Graduate Study 210453 22.4 21
Professional Level Degree 306383 22.2 30
Other 28237 18.4 3
No Response 77423 20.3 8
Number of Students
Home Schooled 3257 22.7 0
Earned a GED 1412 19.3 0
All Students 1019053 21.0 100

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