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2020 grad. rates outperform state, neighboring districts

The last few months of the 2019-2020 school-year were anything but ordinary and yet 27J Schools stayed true to its core mission and 27J Schools' Board of Education goal to continuously improve graduation rates, with great success. 

 

For the third year in a row, 27J Schools’ overall graduation rates continue to increase. In 2020, the District’s overall graduation rate was 86.2% representing a 2.1% increase over the previous year’s rate of 84.1%. The State’s graduation rate for the class of 2020 was 81.9%, making 27J’s graduation rate 4.3% higher than the State average. 

 

27J Schools’ class of 2020 graduation rate of 86.2% ranks sixth highest among the 15 Denver Metro School Districts behind Douglas County (91.2%), Boulder Valley (91.1%), Littleton (90%), Cherry Creek (88.6%), and St. Vrain (87.8%) and ahead of Jefferson County (84.8%).

 

In addition, the 2019 - 2020 dropout rate fell to 0.9% from 1.6% the previous two years and from 2.3% for the 2016-2017 school year. The 0.9% dropout rate is half that of the state’s average (1.8%) and ranks 4th lowest among the 15 Denver Metro School Districts. Only Boulder Valley (0.4%), Douglas County (0.6%), and St. Vrain (0.8%) posted lower dropout rates.

 

“I could not be more proud of these accomplishments and want to share my congratulations with our 2020 graduates, their parents and families, high school teachers, counselors and staff, and our entire 27J team for consistently striving for success,” said 27J Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Fiedler. “These achievements are only reached through hard work and dedication to meeting and exceeding the goal of graduation. While the 2020 graduation rate is surely something to celebrate, it serves as a reminder that we must continue on our path towards excellence and be prepared to provide every one of our students with the educational opportunities required to be successful throughout their primary and secondary education and well into young adulthood.”

 

Additional 27J graduation highlights:

 

  • 27J Schools’ 2020 graduation rate = 86.2% (+2.1%)

    • 3rd Consecutive Year of 2%+ improvement

  • Brighton High School 2020 graduation rate = 88.9% (+0.7%)

    • 5th consecutive year of improvement

  • Eagle Ridge Academy 2020 graduation rate = 94.0% (-2.3%)

  • Prairie View High School 2020 graduation rate = 89.9% (+0.4%)

    • 3rd consecutive year of improvement

  • Innovations and Options (alternative high school) graduation rate improved to 57.8% (+26.1%)

    • 3rd consecutive year of improvement

  • Hispanic graduation rate = 82.8% (+1.6%) 

    • 82.8% ranks 3rd highest among the 15 Denver-metro area school districts, just behind St. Vrain (83.3%) and Boulder Valley (83%)

    • 4th consecutive year of improvement

    • 20.2% increase from 2012 rate (62.6%)

  • Hispanic male graduation rate = 79.9% (+5.0%)

    • 79.9% ranks highest (#1) among the 15 Denver-metro area school districts, ahead of Douglas County (79.6%) and Boulder Valley (78.7%)

    • 5th consecutive year of improvement

    • 25.6% increase from 2012 rate (54.3%)

  • Black or African American graduation rate = 88%

    • 88% ranks 3rd highest among the 15 Denver-metro area school districts, behind Sheridan (100% n=6) and Boulder Valley (96%)

  • Black of African American female graduation rate = 100%

    • 100% ranks tied for first among the 15 Denver-metro area school districts, with Boulder Valley, Englewood (n=2), and Sheridan (n=3).