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 school 52,492 100%
High school 10,652 20.3%
College or graduate school 17,218 32.8%
** Source:  U.S. Census Bureau
High School Graduate 59,387 39.6%
Some college, no degree 24,971 16.7%
Associate degree 11,526 7.1%
Bachelor’s degree 21,919 14.6%
Graduate degree 14,888 9.9%
** Source:  U.S. Census Bureau
Clarks Summit University 836
Johnson College 455
Keystone College 1459
King’s College 2,308
Lackawanna College 1,490
Luzerne County Community College 6,049
Marywood University 3,053
Misericordia University 3,056
Penn State University Hazleton 850
Penn State University Wilkes-Barre 545
Penn State University Worthington Scranton 1,126
The Commonwealth Medical College 409
University of Scranton 5,586
Wilkes University 4,562
TOTAL: 31,784
Source: National Center for Educational Statistics