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District 6 graduation rate continues to rise

Amid a pandemic and a move to remote learning, the on-time graduation rate continues to rise in Greeley-Evans School District 6 and exceed the state average.


Graduation rates for Colorado school districts were released by the Colorado Department of Education today, and for the third year in a row, Greeley-Evans School District 6 has exceeded the state average for the number of students graduating within four years of starting high school.


The 2020 on-time graduation rate for District 6 is 82 percent, exceeding the state average of 81.9 percent. The completion rate for District 6 – which includes students who take longer than four years to graduate – is 83.6 percent. A total of 1,310 students graduated from District 6 high schools 2020.


The 2020 graduation rate is slightly better than the 2019 on-time graduation rate of 81.7 percent and is a significant increase over the 2017 graduation rate of 78.7 percent.


“District 6 continues to trend in the right direction with on-time graduation rates, despite the challenges of the last year,” said Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “This is a real the testament to the determination and hard work of our students, staff and families who continue to support student learning – both in person and remotely – during this pandemic. 


District 6 also exceeds the state graduation rate for Caucasian, Latino and Black students, for students who live in economically disadvantaged households, for students with limited English language skills, and in several other areas. 


Dr. Pilch said that District 6 still has work to do to ensure more students graduate on time, and that will be significant work in the district’s new strategic plan, Innovation2030, which will be finalized later this Spring.


“We really can’t rest until all our students graduate on time with the skills they need to be successful in higher education or their chosen career,” Dr. Pilch said. “That is the big work we need to tackle as a system over the next few years. Every student needs to have an individual plan that gets them to high school graduation and beyond.” 


The dropout rate for District 6 also went down this year to 1.6 percent from 2 percent in 2019. The state average dropout rate is 1.8 percent.


Here is the graduation rate by school in District 6:

  • Greeley Central High School: 87.2 percent
  • Early College Academy: 100 percent
  • Jefferson High School/Greeley-Evans Alternative Program: 49.3 percent
  • Northridge High School: 89.7 percent
  • Greeley West High School: 88.1 percent
  • Frontier Academy High School: 100 percent
  • Union Colony Preparatory: 90 percent
  • University High School: 99.3 percent