D51 tops state again with graduation rate near 80 percent

D51 tops state again with graduation rate near 80 percent
Posted on 01/19/2018
FMHS grad 2017

Grand Junction, CO – School District 51 topped the state’s graduation rate for the third consecutive year in 2017, according to data released today, Jan. 18, 2018, by the Colorado Department of Education.

In District 51, 79.9 percent of the Class of 2017 graduated within four years of starting high school (known as the four-year graduation rate), beating the state average of 79 percent by nearly a full percentage point.  

District 51 continues to follow a trend of increasing graduation rates, nearly tying this year with the Class of 2015’s four-year graduation rate of 79.7 percent, and falling just short of the Class of 2016’s 80.4 percent graduation rate. Some celebrations within the overall data include:

  • District 51’s female graduation rate increased from 84.1 percent in 2016 to 84.4 percent in 2017, and surpassed the state female graduation rate in both years.
  • The Hispanic graduation rate in District 51 increased from 72.4 percent in 2016 to 75.9 percent in 2017.
  • The 2017 graduation rate for low-income students in District 51, 71.2 percent, was 2.7 percentage points higher than the state average for low-income graduates.
  • The District 51 graduation rate for students learning English improved from 65.2 percent in 2016 to 71.6 percent in 2017 and outperformed the state average both years.
  • Migrant students in District 51 recorded a graduation rate of 83.3 percent in 2017, outperforming the state average graduation rate for migrant students by a whopping 21.5 percentage points.
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