Public High School Graduates


Summary: Number of public high school graduates

This database reports the number of public high school graduates by state or jurisdiction.  Data include regular diploma recipients, but exclude students receiving a certificate of attendance and persons receiving high school equivalency certificates. Some numbers are rounded.  Years refer to the second year of a traditional academic year, e.g., 2010 reflects the 2009-2010 academic year.  2011 data are preliminary.  Data include regular diploma recipients, but excludes students receiving a certificate of attendance and persons receiving high school equivalency certificates.  In addition:

  • Graduates from adult programs are excluded for the District of Columbia starting in 1990
  • 1990 Massachusetts data are projected
  • 1990, 1994, 2006, and 2006 U.S. totals include estimates for nonreporting states
  • 2004 New York and Wisconsin data are estimated
  • Graduates are projected for the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina in 2006
  • Maine data include 1,161 graduates in 2008 and and 1,169 graduates in 2009 from private high schools that received a majority of their funding from public sources
  • 2009 indicates estimated high school graduates for California and Nevada

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Geographic Coverage: U.S., States

Periodicity: Annually

Series Begins/Ends: 1980/2012

Data Source: U.S Department of Education

Updated:  May 22, 2014 Next update: Oct. 28, 2015

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