On-Time Graduation Rate

On-Time Graduation Rate
Posted on 10/01/2020
FCPS greater than VAFor Immediate Release
October 1, 2020
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235


According to the Virginia Department of Education, the on-time graduation rate for members of Frederick County Public Schools’ Class of 2020 was 93 percent. Virginia’s on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2020 was 92.3 percent.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Despite the many challenges school closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic created for seniors at our three high schools last year, more than nine out of 10 earned a diploma and graduated within four years of entering the ninth grade. The success James Wood, Millbrook and Sherando high schools have in helping students earn their diplomas on-time speaks to the hard work and dedication of our staff members. Over the nine years Virginia has been reporting on-time graduation rates, our school division has seen its rate climb from about 85 percent to 93 percent. Our goal is to continue to provide meaningful and engaging learning experiences to all students and develop relationships with students and their families so that we can better identify individual student needs and help them overcome any challenges that may make earning a diploma within four years of entering the ninth grade difficult.”

The 2020 on-time graduation rate for James Wood High School was 95.6 percent. The rate for Millbrook High School was 89.2 percent. Sherando High School’s rate was 94.2 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 2020 (or earlier) by the number of students who entered the ninth grade for the first time in 2016-17 (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 English Language Learners 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 2014-15 and graduated in June 2020 would be assigned to the 2016-17 ninth grade cohort and counted as an on-time graduate.

The dropout rate for Frederick County Public Schools’ Class of 2020 was 4.3 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 2020 cohort was 5.1 percent.