The on-time graduation rate of Chesterfield County Public Schools grew to 92.3% for the class of 2021, according to data released by the Virginia Department of Education. That is an increase from Chesterfield’s 2020 on-time graduation rate of 91.91%.
Another statistic moving in the right direction is the dropout rate: 5.6% of Chesterfield County’s class of 2021 left school, which is a decrease from the 2020 rate of 6.2%.
“This is great news, and we are so proud of Chesterfield students and teachers for the increase in our on-time graduation rate and decrease in our dropout rate. Despite a global pandemic that disrupted the school year, Chesterfield County Public Schools showed grit and resilience,” said Chesterfield County School Board Chair Ryan Harter.
“Everyone in Chesterfield schools is committed to doing what’s best for kids. Not even COVID-19 can keep our students from success,” said Superintendent Merv Daugherty. “As we say, all means all. We are here to educate all students, and we are working to help all students graduate on time and make sure no student drops out.”
More than 4,000 students graduate from Chesterfield County high schools each year, and the majority earn an advanced studies diploma by successfully completing more rigorous graduation standards: 55.9% of Chesterfield’s 2021 graduates earned an advanced studies diploma. Virginia graduates must earn at least 26 credits to receive an advanced studies diploma. Students must earn four English credits, four math credits, four science credits, four social studies credits, three world 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 in Virginia requires 22 credits.
Chesterfield County Public Schools is targeting resources to help more students graduate in four years and to re-engage students who have dropped out. Initiatives include graduation coaches at five high schools and reaching out to students no longer attending school to help them re-engage with learning.
Here are the 2021 on-time graduation rates for Chesterfield’s comprehensive high schools: