High schools’ individual graduation rates on the rise

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School division’s overall on-time graduation rate up to 92 percent

On-time graduation rates increased at seven of Chesterfield County’s 10 comprehensive high schools during the 2019-20 school year, according to data released this week by the Virginia Department of Education.

Graduation rates jumped by 4.49 percentage points for the Class of 2020 at Monacan High School and increased by 4.11 percentage points at James River High. Bird High’s on-time graduation rate increased by

2.54 percentage points as well.

Overall, Chesterfield County Public Schools’ on-time graduation rate improved to 91.86 percent for the Class of 2020. That represented a 1.1-point increase from the previous year and a 5.1-point increase over a 10-year period.

“Even during an international pandemic and despite the statewide cessation of in-person instruction, our outstanding teams of school-based educators did everything possible to make sure that the Class of 2020 made it to the finish line,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. “While more work remains to be done, this progress means that more of our students are prepared for success after high school.”

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

  • 98.73 percent at Midlothian
  • 98.68 percent at Cosby
  • 97.13 percent at Clover Hill
  • 95.16 percent at Matoaca
  • 94.86 percent at Monacan
  • 94.83 percent at Thomas Dale
  • 93.72 percent at James River
  • 92.23 percent at Manchester
  • 90.49 percent at Bird
  • 77.07 percent at Meadowbrook

In addition, approximately 53 percent of Chesterfield County’s 2020 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.

The school division’s dropout rate decreased by 0.4 percent to 6.3 percent. The school division continues to reach out to school division dropouts, encouraging them to return to school.

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

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