District Graduation Rate Increases Six Percent

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 12:59pm

Adams 12 Five Star Schools outpaces state and narrows minority gaps

Adams 12 Five Star Schools has increased its four-year, on-time graduation rate more than 6 percent in five years, climbing to 80.1 percent* for the Class of 2015. This is also the fifth consecutive year the Five Star District has met or exceeded the state average, this year reported at 77.3 percent by the Colorado Department of Education. 

Legacy High School had the highest graduation rate in the district in 2015 at 94.4 percent, closely followed by Horizon High School at 93.2 percent. Pathways, one of the district’s alternative schools, gained 13.3 percent in one year, increasing from 31.7 percent in 2014 to 45.0 percent in 2015.

“We’re extremely proud of our steady increase in graduation rates districtwide,” Superintendent Chris Gdowski said. “Our hard work is paying off. But our end goal is more than just helping students secure diplomas. Our teachers and staff members are diligently working to ensure students are prepared for their future career or college paths.”

Closing the gap between minority and non-minority student graduation rates has been a particular emphasis in the Five Star District’s focus on increased graduation rates. Hispanic graduation rates have jumped from 57.7 percent in 2011 to 73.0 percent in 2015. At Horizon High School, 95.3 percent of Hispanic students graduated in four years, the highest percentage of Hispanic graduates on record in the district.

At just 6.3 percent in 2015, the district is narrowing the graduation rate gap between Hispanic and White, Non-Hispanic students and outpacing the 2015 state average of 15 percent. 

“Surpassing statewide graduation rate averages for Hispanic and White students reassures me that our schools are working very hard to meet the needs of all students, and that they recognize all of our students as capable of success,” Gdowski said.

The 2015 graduation rate for all of the Adams 12 Five Star Schools’ traditional, non-charter schools are as follows:

  • Horizon High School: 93.2 percent
  • Legacy High School: 94.4 percent
  • Mountain Range High School: 86.4 percent
  • Northglenn High School: 83.8 percent
  • Thornton High School: 76.3 percent

*This figure does not include district charter schools.