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DPS 4-Year Graduation Rate Climbs to All-Time High

Jan. 14, 2020
DPS 4-Year Graduation Rate Climbs to All-Time High

DPS 4-Year Graduation Rate Climbs to All-Time High
District’s ‘On-Time’ Rate Has Increased from 62.8% in 2014 to 70.9% for Class of 2019; North High among Top Schools Recognized

DENVER–The Denver Public Schools’ Class of 2019 posted the district’s highest on-time graduation rate yet and grew by more than 300 students over last year’s graduating class. According to data released today by the Colorado Department of Education, DPS’s on-time graduation rate, or the percentage of students who graduate in four years, climbed from 70.2% last year to 70.9%. Five years ago, the district’s four-year graduation rate stood at 62.8%.

“I’m really pleased that the hard work of our students, educators, and leaders has resulted in such strong, sustained progress in increasing the number of students who are graduating,” DPS Superintendent Susana Cordova said. “And there’s a lot of work ahead to do together in order to get more of our students to the graduation stage and to make sure they’re ready for success when they step off the commencement stage. That’s our ultimate measure of success—giving our students everything they need to pursue the future they want for themselves.”

Cordova and DPS leaders hosted the graduation-rate announcement today at North High School, 2960 Speer Blvd, which has increased its on-time graduation rate by more than 16 percentage points since 2014, up to 85.9% for the Class of 2019.

“In my fifth year as principal here at North, we’ve seen incredible growth and success,” Scott Wolf, principal of North High School, said. “Graduation is the final step of our students’ time with us, but it’s also the first step towards building a career and a future. I’m so proud to lead a school community that is focused on career and college readiness.”

DPS has seen strong district-wide gains in the graduating class of Latino and African-American students. The on-time graduation rate among African-American students has increased from 62.4% in 2014 to 68.3% this year, and over that same time the graduation rate for Latino students has risen from 58.2% to 68%.

At today’s announcement, DPS leadership recognized high schools across the city that are doing exemplary work in helping ensure students reach the graduation stage.  The recognition included schools with 85% or higher four-year, on-time graduation rates:

  • Denver Center for International Studies
  • Denver School of the Arts
  • DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School
  • DSST: Montview High School
  • East High School
  • George Washington High School
  • KIPP Denver Collegiate
  • KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy
  • Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy
  • North High School
  • Northfield High School
  • Strive Prep – Smart Academy
  • Early College of Denver
  • Thomas Jefferson High School

Schools that posted at least a 10-percentage-point improvement over the past five years were also recognized. They are:

  • Bruce Randolph
  • Contemporary Learning Academy
  • Colorado High School Charter
  • Compassion Road
  • Denver Center for 21st-Century Learning at Wyman High School
  • Excel Academy
  • North High School
  • North Engagement High School
  • P.R.E.P. Academy
  • Respect Academy
  • South High School
  • Summit Academy

“I’m tremendously proud of the students and teams of educators who have worked so hard to drive these gains,” Cordova added. “There’s nothing that strengthens our city or brightens our collective future more than providing our children with a great education and the support they need to thrive in school and after graduation.”