PBCSD HS Graduation Rates Increase for the 6th Year, Exceeds State Average

January 2016

The District’s graduation rate of 79.4 percent for the 2014-15 school year exceeded the state’s average of 77.8 percent.

The School District of Palm Beach County Class of 2015 had the highest graduation rate among Florida’s largest school districts and exceeded the state’s average, according to figures released by the Florida Department of Education.

The District’s graduation rate of 79.4 percent for the 2014-15 school year exceeded the state’s average of 77.8 percent, and represents an increase of 1.5 percentage points from the 2013-14 school year. It is the sixth consecutive year that the District’s overall graduation rate outperformed the state’s rate.

“The District’s graduation rate is moving in the right direction, which is a credit to the hard work of our students, teachers, administrators and parents,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa, Ed.D. “We’re still not where we need to be, but we continue to make progress, and that’s a testament to their efforts.”

One school, Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts, had a 100 percent graduation rate, and 10 other District high schools earned graduation rates of 90 percent or higher. The District’s graduation rate for Black students increased by 4.3 percentage points to 69.1 percent.

Seven District-operated high schools increased their graduation rates by at least three percentage points from the previous school year. They are:

  • Village Academy, increased by 8.7 percentage points; graduation rate of 94.4 percent
  • Forest Hill High School, increased by 5.86 percentage point; graduation rate of 83.03 percent
  • Royal Palm Beach High School, increased by 5.53 percentage points; graduation rate of 82.78 percent
  • Lake Worth High School, increased by 5.5 percentage points; graduation rate of 78.79 percent
  • Palm Beach Lakes High School, increased by 4.27 percentage points; graduation rate of 71.99 percent
  • Olympic Heights High School, increased by 3.54 percentage points; graduation rate of 92.64 percent
  • Park Vista High School, increased by 3.21 percentage points; graduation rate of 92.83 percent

Florida’s high school graduation rates are based on the federal graduation rate, which includes standard diplomas but excludes special diplomas and general education diplomas (GEDs).

For more information about the District’s graduation rates, including a school-by-school listing of graduation rates, click here.

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