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Public versus private high school attendance and college/university enrollments

Analysis of Washington D.C. Lafayette and Murch Elementary School Classes



As children approach elementary school graduation in affluent neighborhoods of upper Northwest Washington, many of their parents debate the merits of continuing to send their children to public school and consider the alternatives of private or parochial school. Beyond the quality of education provided by the various options, parents consider how the choice of school will affect their child’s prospects for admission to selective colleges. Both the private schools and the neighborhood District high school (Woodrow Wilson Senior High School) demonstrate that their graduates enter the best colleges but, in the end, there was little analytic information available for parents to base their decision upon.

A study was conducted of the institutions of higher learning that enrolled prior  graduates of Lafayette and Murch Elementary Schools in Northwest Washington D.C. The study examined the elementary school classes of 2000 through 2004 that graduated from high school between 2006 and 2010.

The study investigated whether there was a difference in the rankings of the colleges and universities that enrolled the elementary school graduates who had attended public high schools versus those who attended private high schools. The results show that there is no significant difference in the rankings of colleges and universities where students were enrolled based on public versus private high school attendance. Two prior studies of Lafayette graduates by the author in 2007 and 2009 found comparable results.

The author has performed the analyses of the Lafayette classes as a public service for the benefit of the community. On March 7, 2007, the Northwest Current newspaper published an article about his initial study of the Lafayette class of 2000.



Purpose: Provide an independent analysis of public versus private high school attendance of graduates from two Northwest Washington D.C. elementary schools and the rankings of the colleges and universities where the students enrolled.

View five-year studyHome_files/Lafayette-Murch%20Analysis%20Paper%202011%20final%20cmpr.pdf
View article on studyHome_files/LafayetteNWCurrentArticle2000Study.pdf

Lafayette class of 2000 at 2006 high school reunion.