FCPS On-Time Graduation Rate Exceeds the Average State Rate

  • The on-time graduation rate for members of Frederick County Public Schools’ Class of 2021 was 93.6 percent compared to Virginia’s on-time graduation of 93 percent.

    Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “As a result of COVID-19, the past few years have been very challenging. Despite the challenges associated with the pandemic, students and their families as well as teachers, administrators and school staff have exhibited great perseverance as is exhibited by our school division’s on-time graduation rate exceeding the state’s rate. Since 2001 when high schools had to meet an annual benchmark for graduation and completion in order to earn state accreditation, Frederick County Public Schools has seen its on-time graduation rate climb from about 85 percent to greater than 93 percent. There is still room for continued growth which will come as we continue working to achieve the goals outlined in our strategic plan, Inspire 2025: A Promise for Progress, and focus on providing meaningful and engaging learning experiences for all students.”

    In addition to the school division’s on-time graduation rate climbing this year when compared to 2020, the on-time graduation rates for each of Frederick County’s three high schools also inched higher. The 2021 on-time graduation rate for James Wood High School was 95.7 percent compared to 95.6 percent in 2020. This year’s rate for Millbrook High School was 90.1 percent compared to 89.2 percent last year. Sherando High School’s rate for 2021 was 94.9 percent compared to 94.2 percent a year ago.

    The Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate is calculated by dividing the number of students in the cohort earning a Virginia Board of Education-approved diploma in 2021 (or earlier) by the number of students who entered the ninth grade for the first time in 2017-18 (plus transfers in minus transfers out). Unlike estimated graduation rates, the Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate takes into consideration student mobility, changes in enrollment, and promotion and retention policies and decisions. The Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate also provides flexibility for students with disabilities and English Language Learners who are reported as on-time graduates regardless of when they earn a diploma. For example, a student with disabilities who entered the ninth grade for the first time in 2015-16 and graduated in June 2021 would be assigned to the 2017-18 ninth grade cohort and counted as an on-time graduate.

    The dropout rate for Frederick County Public Schools’ Class of 2021 was 4.1 percent. The dropout rate represents all students in a particular cohort who have not graduated or completed a credential and have discontinued school. The state’s dropout rate for the 2021 cohort was 4.3 percent.

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