On-time graduation rate remains 91 percent

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Amazing learning experiences in remarkable learning environments 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 remained steady at 91 percent for the Class of 2019, according to data released by the Virginia Department of Education.

Half of the school division’s 10 comprehensive high schools saw their individual on-time graduation rates increase or remain the same, with Clover Hill High leading the way with a 2-percentage point increase. Here are the 2019 on-time graduation rates for Chesterfield’s comprehensive high schools:

  • 99 percent at Cosby
  • 98 percent at Midlothian
  • 97 percent at Clover Hill
  • 94 percent at Matoaca and Thomas Dale
  • 92 percent at Manchester
  • 90 percent at Monacan
  • 89 percent at James River
  • 88 percent at Bird
  • 78 percent at Meadowbrook

In addition, nearly 59 percent of Chesterfield County’s 2019 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 currently is working on a complete audit of every school division dropout.

“This involves making personal contacts with each family with a goal of having the student re-enroll,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. “Additional student support services are also being incorporated to work with students who may be vulnerable to dropping out.”

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