Frederick County Public Schools’ On-Time Graduation Rate Exceeds 93 Percent

Frederick County Public Schools’ On-Time Graduation Rate Exceeds 93 Percent
Posted on 10/01/2018
FCPS greater than VirginiaFor Immediate Release
October 1, 2018
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
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According to the Virginia Department of Education, the on-time graduation rate for members of Frederick County Public Schools’ Class of 2018 was 93.3 percent. Virginia’s on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2018 was 91.6 percent.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Thanks to the hard work of students and the support of dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff, Frederick County Public Schools’ ontime graduation rate has remained on a steady upward trend for many years. Although each student cohort presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities, our on-time graduation rate has been slowly increasing over time from about 85 percent when initially reported for the Class of 2011 to more than 93 percent this year. By working together with families to help address individual student needs and overcome challenges that may make it difficult for students to graduate within four years of entering ninth grade, we’ve been able to steadily increase the percentage of students earning a diploma within four years of first entering high school.”

The 2018 on-time graduation rate for James Wood High School was 95.6 percent. The rate for Millbrook High School was 90.5 percent. Sherando High School’s rate was 93.9 percent.

The Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate is calculated by dividing the number of students in the cohort earning a Virginia Board of Education-approved diploma in 2018 (or earlier) by the number of students who entered the ninth grade for the first time in 2014-15 (plus transfers in minus transfers out). Unlike estimated graduation rates, the Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate takes into consideration student mobility, changes in enrollment, and promotion and retention policies and decisions. The Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate also provides flexibility for students with disabilities and limited- English proficient students who are reported as on-time graduates regardless of when they earn a diploma. For example, a student with disabilities who entered the ninth grade for the first time in 2012-13 and graduated in June 2018 would be assigned to the 2014-15 ninth grade cohort and counted as an on-time graduate.

The dropout rate for Frederick County Public Schools’ Class of 2018 is 4.2 percent. The dropout rate represents all students in a particular cohort who have not graduated, completed a credential and have discontinued school. The state’s dropout rate for the 2018 cohort is 5.5 percent.