District’s Graduation Rates Exceed State, Large School Districts

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Staff report

Graduation rates for the School District of Palm Beach County 2016-2017 school year reached a historic high mark, ranking first among Florida’s large, urban school districts and exceeding the state’s graduation rate for the Class of 2017, according to figures recently released by the Florida Department of Education.

The graduation rate for district-operated schools increased to 90 percent for the 2016-2017 school year. The graduation rate for all schools, including charter schools, was 85 percent for 2016-2017 — highest among other large, urban districts in Florida, including Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Orange and Pinellas counties, and higher than the the state’s average of 82.3 percent.

For the second consecutive year, graduation rates increased for Black and Hispanic students in Palm Beach County. The graduation rate for Black students increased by 10 percentage points over two years, while the graduation rate for Hispanic students increased by 6.6 percentage points over two years.

Rates in Delray and Boca:

Atlantic Community High School, 91.5 percent

Boca Raton Community High School, 93.8 percent

Olympic Heights Community High School, 95.8 percent

Spanish River Community High School, 95.6 percent

West Boca Raton Community High School, 94.3 percent