Since the 2009-2010 school year both the region and the state have experienced dramatic increases in the high school graduation rates. Most recently, the regional rate was 81.9% while the state was 83.9%.
Public school enrollment in the region is approximately 153,000, including both public systems and public charter schools.
The region's public school systems offer a wide variety of vocational training programs at the high school level. Most fall into the following categories:
These are public schools operated by local leadership groups (parents or non-profits, for example). Charter schools provide more local autonomy, and often focus on particular student target groups, or on a specific core curriculum, such as the performing arts or technology skills. There are eight charter schools in the region, with a combined enrollment of about 4,886 students for the 2008-09 school year.
There are many private schools located throughout the region. Some are elementary only; others are K through 12.
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The region is home to eleven Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning centers that include Learn and Early Learn Colleges and STEM Redesigned High Schools and Specialized Academies. These programs are preparing advanced learners for the many opportunities that exist in the region for graduates.