91 percent of Chesterfield students graduate in four years

Innovative classroom lessons with real-life applications are keeping Chesterfield County Public Schools students engaged, in school and successfully achieving more rigorous graduation standards, according to data released today by the Virginia Department of Education.

  • 91 percent of Chesterfield County Public Schools students who entered ninth grade in 2011 graduated in four years, according to the Virginia Department of Education. The school division’s on-time graduation percentage topped the state average of 90.5 percent.
  • 56 percent of Chesterfield County’s class of 2015 graduated with a more rigorous advanced studies diploma, according to VDOE records. The school division’s percentage topped the state average of 52 percent.

“Our teachers continue to engage students in innovative, engaging and relevant lessons that are providing students with a realistic look into their futures,” said Dr. Marcus Newsome, superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools. “Strategies such as blended learning, project-based learning and service learning help make learning fun for students while also providing real-life application to classroom instruction.”

This engaging learning environment is also helping reduce the school division’s dropout rate. According to state data, the dropout rate of Chesterfield County Public Schools has decreased to 5.4 percent in 2015 from 7.8 percent in 2011.

Here are the 2015 on-time graduation rates for Chesterfield’s comprehensive high schools:

  • 99 percent at Cosby • 93 percent at Matoaca
  • 97 percent at Midlothian • 92 percent at James River
  • 94 percent at Clover Hill • 92 percent at Manchester
  • 94 percent at Monacan • 90 percent at Bird
  • 93 percent at Thomas Dale • 87 percent at Meadowbrook

The Virginia Department of Education website (www.doe.virginia.gov) provides detailed information about graduation rates.