Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch
What does this measure?
The number of students eligible for free or reduced price school lunches as a percentage of all students in full day prekindergarten through 12th grade. Students are eligible for free lunch if their family's income is at or below 130% of the national poverty level.
Why is this important?
This measure not only shows the proportion of low-income students and families in an area, but also is an indication of the potential challenges facing schools as they work to educate children who have fewer resources.
How is Orange County performing?
In 2015, just over 840 (or 1.1%) of Orange County's children under 13 participated in subsidized child care, below the 1.5% rate for the region, and below the state (excluding NYC) rate of 2.4%. Orange's rate of participation has consistently been the lowest in the region, below both Ulster (2.3%) and Dutchess (1.8%) in 2015.
Notes about the data
Comparable national data was not available for 2015 and 2016. Not all students who are eligible for free or reduced priced lunch participate in the program.