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DPS Superintendent, educators celebrate positive graduation trend
Denver –Denver Public Schools (DPS) Superintendent Tom Boasberg joined school leaders, educators and students Wednesday morning at CEC Early College in celebrating a new benchmark – the Class of 2018 is believed to be the largest graduating class in DPS history.
With a preliminary count of 4,834 graduates in 2018, DPS saw 456 more students earning diplomas than the year prior. This represents an increase of 1,000 graduates over three years and an increase of 2,000 graduates over 10 years. During the past decade, DPS has doubled the number of African American and Latino graduates.
The area of greatest increase in the number of graduates has been in far northeast Denver. In 2010, before DPS replaced Montbello High School, 333 students graduated from far northeast schools. That number of graduates has now jumped to 768 students in 2018, a 130% increase in diplomas earned.
“CEC has traditionally had high four- and five-year graduation rates, regularly above 90%,” said CEC Early College principal Jamie Lofaro. “This past spring, 109 students earned their diplomas. This was CEC’s largest graduating class in recent memory.”
“We are not only getting kids to the graduation stage here at CEC and throughout the district, we are working hard to make sure students have what it takes to succeed in college and in their careers once they leave DPS,” said Superintendent Tom Boasberg.