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District 6 graduation rate, dropout rate improves

On-time graduation rates for Greeley-Evans School District 6 reached an all-time historical high in 2018, with more students than ever graduating on time and fewer dropping out before receiving a diploma, according to information released by the Colorado Department of Education.

The four-year graduation rate in District 6 topped 81.5 percent, exceeding the statewide graduation rate of 80.7. The District 6 dropout rate also fell to 2 percent in 2018, down from 2.3 percent in 2017. This is below the state drop out average of 2.2 percent.

Nearly 100 more students graduated from District 6 in 2018 than in 2017, 1,250 compared with 1,156. In addition, 24 fewer students dropped out of school in 2018 as compared to 2017.

The 2018 increase helps move District 6 toward reaching graduation goals set in its strategic plan, Innovation2020, which states that by 2021, 90 percent of students will graduate on time.

“This is incredible news for our students and our staff,” said Superintendent Deidre Pilch. “It shows that we are doing the right work, intervening with students as early as possible when we see them struggling or failing. We are working to know our students better and incorporate their goals and aspirations in their plan for graduation and beyond. This increase represents a tremendous amount of work and focus by our staff and students. We still have work to do, but we are heading in the right direction.”

In the 16 categories based on ethnicity, gender and other traits, District 6 exceeds the state rate in 14 of those categories. Latino students, which make up nearly 2/3 of District 6 students, saw an on-time graduation rate of 76.7 percent, compared with the state average at 73.4 percent. Students who are economically disadvantaged graduated from District 6 at a rate of 76.4 percent, compared with the state average of 70.7 percent.

In Colorado, 53,240 students graduated. District 6 represents about 2.3 percent of the total number of graduates in the state.

Here are the 2018 on-time graduation rates by high school:

  • Early College Academy: 100 percent, 30 graduates
  • Frontier Charter Academy: 100 percent, 80 graduates
  • Greeley Central High School: 82 percent, 282 graduates
  • Greeley West High School: 82.3 percent, 320 graduates
  • Jefferson High School/Greeley-Evans Alternative Program: 62.5 percent, 162 graduates
  • Northridge High School: 81.5 percent, 220 graduates
  • Union Colony Preparatory School: 94.1 percent, 32 graduates
  • University Schools: 100 percent, 123 graduates