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On-time graduation rate increases to 91 percent

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Innovative classroom settings and authentic, real-life lessons are being credited with helping keep Chesterfield County Public Schools students engaged in school and graduating within the expected four-year timeframe.

Chesterfield County Public Schools’ on-time graduation rate increased 0.7 percentage points to 90.9 percent for the Class of 2018. Eight of the school division’s 10 comprehensive high schools saw their individual on-time graduation rates increase or remain the same, with Bird High leading the way with a 5 percentage point increase.

“Our outstanding teachers continue to provide engaging and relevant lessons that demonstrate real-life connections to our students,” School Board Chair John M. Erbach said. “In doing so, our students are seeing a glimpse of their future and what could be. As a result, they are staying in school and are better prepared to pursue their dreams.”

Here are the 2019 on-time graduation rates for Chesterfield’s comprehensive high schools:

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

In addition, nearly 55 percent of Chesterfield County’s 2018 graduating class earned a more rigorous advanced studies diploma after successfully meeting more rigorous graduation standards.

Graduates must earn at least 26 credits to earn an advanced studies diploma in Virginia. Students must earn four English credits, four math credits, four science credits, four social studies credits, three foreign language credits, three elective credits, two health and physical education credits, a fine arts or career and technical education credit and an economics and personal finance credit. A standard diploma Virginia only requires 22 credits.

For more information, visit the school division’s School Quality Profile at http://schoolquality.virginia.gov/divisions/chesterfield-county-public-schools.