91 percent of Chesterfield students graduate in four years

Teachers providing innovative and relevant classroom work are being credited with helping keep Chesterfield County Public Schools students engaged, in school and successfully achieving more rigorous graduation standards, according to data released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

91 percent of Chesterfield County Public Schools students who entered ninth grade in 2012 graduated in four years, according to the Virginia Department of Education. Nearly 55 percent of Chesterfield County’s class of 2016 graduated with a more rigorous advanced studies diploma, according to VDOE records.

“Our students are engaged and learn best when they understand that the information they are taught is relevant to their personal lives,” Superintendent James F. Lane said. “Our teachers continue to find new ways to connect with students; the old stand-and-deliver method simply doesn’t work as well with students who are digital natives. Moving forward, we’re offering our schools the opportunity to apply for innovation grants that will help us build even stronger relationships with our students and that engage students in relevant classroom experiences.”

At the school level, Manchester High led the way with a 3-percentage point increase, going from 92 percent to 95 percent on-time graduation rate. Midlothian experienced a 2-percentage point increase and now has a 99 percent on-time graduation rate.

“Our staff members do amazing things every day. Their work to build strong relationships with students has built trusting bonds that are helping keep students in school,” School Board Chair Dianne H. Smith said.

Here are the 2016 on-time graduation rates for Chesterfield’s comprehensive high schools:

  • 99 percent at Midlothian
  • 98 percent at Cosby
  • 95 percent Clover Hill and Manchester
  • 94 percent Thomas Dale
  • 93 percent Monacan
  • 91 percent Matoaca
  • 90 percent James River
  • 89 percent Bird
  • 88 percent Meadowbrook

The school division’s dropout rate remained relatively stable at 5.9 percent.