Oak Park and River Forest High School is continuing to graduate a high percentage of college-bound students, though that number has fallen slightly in the last five years. Between 2004 and 2011, OPRF had an 81 percent rate of students entering college immediately after graduation.

Prior to those years it was 91 percent, according to data from National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit organization that helps high schools keep track of their graduating students’ attendance at college. OPRF, 201 N. Scoville, agreed to partner with the Virginia-based nonprofit earlier this year. The organization collects the names of students from high schools across the country and reports back student attendance data to those schools. National Clearinghouse also reports back how students perform in certain classes. The organization tracks enrollment in public and private institutions, as well as to two- and four-year schools.

OPRF’s data shows that just under half of its graduates chose to attend public institutions between 2004 and 2011. During those years, the data shows that two-thirds of OPRF graduates went to four-year schools. For those OPRF grads who chose a two-year college, Triton in River Grove was preferred by the majority, the data shows. In fact, the largest group of OPRF’s graduates between 2004-2011 attended Triton, a total of 689 students.

The University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana was the next most popular school of choice with 345 grads. Rounding out the top five schools were Colombia College, UIC and DePaul University, all in Chicago. Each of those schools enrolled between 125 and 160 OPRF graduates.

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