District graduation rate rises to 84.4 percent

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 11:15am
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All district comprehensive high schools surpass the state average

Adams 12 Five Star Schools four-year on-time graduation rate continues to rise, reaching 84.4 percent* for the Class of 2017. That’s up more than 11 percentage points from 2010, making it the district’s highest graduation rate since the state changed how the rate is calculated. The Five Star District surpassed the state average of 79 percent, as reported by the Colorado Department of Education, by more than 5 percentage points, the most it’s been above the state since 2010.

For the first time since 2013, all district comprehensive high schools exceeded the state average. Horizon High School had the highest graduation rate at 95.6 percent, surpassing the state by more than 16 percentage points. Northglenn High School continues to make huge strides with a graduation rate of 89.8 percent in 2017, up more than 20 percentage points from 2010. Significant growth was also seen at the district's alternative high school, Vantage Point's class of 2017 saw a graduation rate up 15 percentage points over the past two years.

“We’re extremely proud of how far we’ve come in eight year’s time,” Superintendent Chris Gdowski said. “This continued increase in our four-year on-time graduation rate is a direct result of the hard work of our staff at all levels. Our high school staff may take the students to the finish line, but that wouldn’t be possible without the foundation that is built at the elementary and middle school levels.”

In 2017, a record 80.4 percent of our Hispanic students graduated in four years, up nearly 30 percentage points since 2010 when our Hispanic graduation rate was less than 51 percent. Additionally, the gap between Hispanic and White, Non-Hispanic students’ graduation rate closed to 6.7 percent.

The district sees a greater percentage of students year over year in specialized programs, such as English Language Learners, students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP), economically disadvantaged students, and homeless students, graduating in four years.

“Our goal is to provide opportunities for all of our students, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, to achieve at high levels and be college and career ready,” Gdowski said. “These results tell me that our staff is doing just that, and we won’t stop there. We’ll continue to look forward for further success across our entire student population.”

The 2017 graduation rate for all district high schools:

  • Horizon High School: 95.6 percent

  • Legacy High School: 92.9 percent

  • Mountain Range High School: 89.6 percent

  • Northglenn High School: 89.8 percent

  • Thornton High School: 83.5 percent

  • Vantage Point Alternative High School: 42.8 percent

  • Westgate Charter School: 86.4 percent