A study of the Jewish students in high school in the Chicago suburbs finds that a majority of the students attend a private school, but that most are in public schools.
The findings of the National Education Association’s 2016 High School Graduation Study, which was conducted by the National Council of Jewish Women and the American Jewish Committee, are published in the Journal of Education and Research.
The survey found that, among the nearly 6,000 Jewish students enrolled in the U.S. public school system, more than half are enrolled in public school, with the average age at graduation being 22.9 years old.
A majority of Jewish high schools also have an integrated curriculum, which means students learn from a wide range of sources.
A majority of American Jewish students also attend private schools, which are usually considered more academically rigorous and culturally diverse.
However, only about a quarter of American Jews in their 20s and 30s say they attended private schools.
More than 40% of Jewish students who attend private school have a bachelor’s degree, compared with about 20% of their counterparts in public high schools.
“Our students in private schools tend to be in the lower income brackets and have higher levels of achievement,” said Sharon Shulman, the chief executive officer of the NCAW.
“It’s also important to note that they are all Jewish, and we see that in their parents’ income as well.”
The findings show that Jewish students tend to perform at the same levels in the school year as their peers in the public school systems, with more than 90% of American students attending a high school, according to the survey.
More Jewish students attend selective schools, including those affiliated with historically black colleges and universities.
The study found that students from affluent backgrounds tend to attend the most selective Jewish high-schools, with students of color making up just over one-third of the class of 2019.
“When we think about what makes a Jewish student succeed, they are the best in the world,” Shulmans said.
“The only reason why they’re so successful is that they’re not necessarily the smartest.
They are the hardestworking students.”
The survey also showed that most American Jewish high students have some college credits, with some Jewish students completing degrees in a field that is not traditionally associated with Jewish culture.
A third of American high school seniors, for example, majored in business administration, while less than a third majored on the arts or humanities.
More than half of Jewish seniors report receiving some college credit, and half of American and Jewish high high school graduates also have some undergraduate credits.
Jewish students report completing their undergraduate studies at higher rates than their peers.
About 70% of all Jewish students graduate from high school with a bachelor of science degree, which is higher than the national average.
More American Jewish seniors reported earning a master’s degree or higher, compared to about 50% of the national total.
“There’s no doubt that Jewish Americans have had a big impact on our society,” said Yair Shor, a senior at New York University who is a member of the New York Jewish Board of Trustees.
“In this day and age, it’s no longer enough just to be Jewish.
There has to be a Jewish identity, a Jewish story, a cultural identity, an American story.”
The study was conducted from April 2017 through February 2018.