On-Time Graduation Rate Exceeds State Average

On-Time Graduation Rate Exceeds State Average
Posted on 10/08/2019
FCPSFor Immediate Release
October 8, 2019
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 x88235


According to the Virginia Department of Education, the on-time graduation rate for members of Frederick County Public Schools’ Class of 2019 was 92.8 percent. Virginia’s ontime graduation rate for the Class of 2019 was 91.5 percent.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “The success our high schools experience in having students earn their diplomas on-time is a tribute to the teachers, administrators and support staff who are dedicated to nurturing all learners to realize their dreams and aspirations. Since Virginia began reporting on-time graduation rates for the Class of 2011, our on-time graduation rate has increased from about 85 percent to 93 percent. This is significant in that each student cohort presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities. The progress we have made over time has been possible thanks to our commitment to providing meaningful and engaging learning experiences and building relationships with students and families in an effort to address individual student needs and challenges that may make it difficult for them to graduate within four years of entering the ninth grade.”

The 2019 on-time graduation rate for James Wood High School was 93.1 percent. The rate for Millbrook High School was 92.5 percent. Sherando High School’s rate was 93 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 2019 (or earlier) by the number of students who entered the ninth grade for the first time in 2015-16 (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 2013-14 and graduated in June 2019 would be assigned to the 2015-16 ninth grade cohort and counted as an on-time graduate.

The dropout rate for Frederick County Public Schools’ Class of 2019 was 3.2 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 2019 cohort was 5.6 percent.