South Washington County Schools

2016 graduation rates highest in District 833 history

South Washington County Schools (District 833) is excited to announce that its 2016 graduation rate is historically, the district’s highest percentage.

The class of 2016 included 1,384 students, 92.6% of which graduated on time. This percentage is more than ten percent higher than the state average of 82.2%, placing District 833 first among comparable districts for the year 2016.

“Our 2016 graduation rates are a reflection of the tremendous efforts put forth by our students, parents, teachers and administrators each and every day,” said Brian Boothe, District 833’s director of Professional Development & Accountability.

“We are thrilled to achieve the highest rates in the history of District 833 and are excited to have sent off more than 1,300 students with the tools they need to succeed,” Boothe added. “As a system, we will continue to increase these numbers while working to close the achievement gap and provide our students with a high-quality education in District 833.”

In 2016, East Ridge High School had a graduation rate of 95.5%, Park High School had a 95% graduation rate and Woodbury High School had a 95.9% graduation rate. All three high schools remained above 94% for the third consecutive year.

In 2016, South Washington Alternative High School had a graduation rate of 32.2%, which was higher than the 2015 graduation rate of 31.8%.

Also noteworthy, East Ridge High School, Park High School and Woodbury High School are in the top 19 across the state for schools with graduating classes above 300 students. Woodbury High School is ranked 12th, East Ridge High School is 15th and Park High School is 19th.  

In the district’s 2016 graduating class, black students graduated with a rate of 92.4%, representing a dramatic narrowing in the achievement gap compared to white students at 92.8%. The 2016 graduation rate for black students also showed a 6.1% increase in comparison to 2015.

Additionally, 87% of Hispanic students graduated on time in 2016, representing a 6.2% increase from 2015.

In 2015, 91.1% of students in the district graduated on time, which was well above the state average of 81.9%. The 2014 graduation rate was 92.5%, in comparison to the state average of 82.2%.

On Feb. 23, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released the 2016 graduation rates for the state of Minnesota. The state typically looks at a four-year cohort-based graduation rate, an “on time” graduation rate based on when students began ninth grade and how they did four years later. This also includes indicators for dropouts, continuing students, and students whose status after that fourth year was unknown. District 833 also looks closely at this four-year rate, in particular the graduation and dropout rates.

For more information about the 2016 graduation rates released by MDE is available here.