Quality education, from preschool through graduate school, is one of the region’s top priorities. Lackawanna County has 11 public school districts, as well as a Career Technology Center and several parochial and private schools. The region is also the home to 16 post-secondary institutions, enrolling more than 52,000 students.

High school graduation rates in Lackawanna County are significantly higher than state and national averages and drop-out rates are miniscule, less than 2 percent in most local districts.

Close to 80 percent of the region’s public school graduates further their education, many choosing to do so at one of the local colleges, universities and technical schools located throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.

EDUCATION QUICK FACTS           (Population 3 years and older)
Enrolled in school52,492100%
High school10,65220.3%
College or graduate school17,21832.8%
** Source:  U.S. Census Bureau
High School Graduate59,38739.6%
Some college, no degree24,97116.7%
Associate degree11,5267.1%
Bachelor’s degree21,91914.6%
Graduate degree14,8889.9%
** Source:  U.S. Census Bureau
Clarks Summit University836
Johnson College455
Keystone College1459
King’s College2,308
Lackawanna College1,490
Luzerne County Community College6,049
Marywood University3,053
Misericordia University3,056
Penn State University Hazleton850
Penn State University Wilkes-Barre545
Penn State University Worthington Scranton1,126
The Commonwealth Medical College409
University of Scranton5,586
Wilkes University4,562
Source: National Center for Educational Statistics