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 Ulster County performing?
In 2014, 39% of Ulster County students were eligible for free or reduced price lunch, less than the statewide (excluding NYC) figure of 38% and the 2014 national figure of 50%. Among counties in the Mid-Hudson Valley, Ulster's 2014 rate was less than Orange's (40%) and greater than Dutchess's (30%). From 2005 through 2014, Ulster's rate increased 12 points, compared to the state's (excluding NYC) increase of 9 points over the same period and the nation's increase of 13 points from 2005 through 2013.
Notes about the data
Not all students who are eligible for free or reduced priced lunch participate in the program.