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27J tops Adams County grad rates, still has work to do

27J tops Adams County grad rates, still has work to do

The 27J Schools Class of 2023, in numbers released in January, turned in a graduation rate of 88.1 percent. That rate keeps 27J Schools at the top of the metro-area Adams County school districts.

Last year, 27J marked a grad rate of 90.9 percent, the highest in the district’s history. This year’s numbers fell by 2.8 percent after 27J had five consecutive years of growth. 

“We’re so proud of our Class of 2023 for its dedication to meeting high graduation standards,” Superintendent Chris Fiedler said. “We’ve had a long string of annual increased results. So when we saw we slipped, we were disappointed.”

Even with the dip this year, 27J’s graduation rate is still considerably higher than it was when it switched from a 5-day school week to a 4-day schedule five years ago. 

For the fifth consecutive year, 27J Schools outperformed its Adams County metro school district neighbors: Adams 12 (83 percent), Adams 14 (70.9 percent), Mapleton Public Schools (74.5 percent), and Westminster Public Schools (67 percent). Second-place Adams 12 closed an 8.1 percent gap from 2022 to land only 3.3 percent behind 27J’s Class of 2023. 

27J also continued to outperform the Colorado state average rate of 81.7 percent.

"An 88.1 percent graduation rate is absolutely something we celebrate – that’s a lot of students who’ve shown they’re ready for success in college, careers, or the armed services. But our mission is to equip every child for success, and that means we still have work to be done."

Among Colorado’s 25 largest school districts, 27J Schools ranked:

  • 10th in overall, four-year graduation rate, trailing ninth-place Cherry Creek Schools by 2.2 percent

  •  7th in Hispanic graduation rate

Among Denver metro school districts, 27J Schools ranked:

  • 6th in overall, four-year graduation rate 

  • 3rd in Hispanic graduation rate

"Our team will be digging deeper into this data to see what changes –in instruction, resources and supports – are needed to keep moving our graduation rates up. We remain committed to being the best district for every child,” Fiedler said.

Graduation rates by student race/ethnicity:

American Indian or Alaska Native: >= 98%

Asian: 91.20%

Black or African American: 94.90%

Hispanic or Latino: 86.30%

White: 89.70%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 75.00%

Two or More Races: 88.20%

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