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District 6 graduation rate exceeds state average

The on-time graduation rate for Greeley-Evans School District 6 seniors jumped last year, exceeding the state average by nearly three percentage points.


Graduation rates for Colorado school districts were released by the Colorado Department of Education today, and for the fourth year in a row, Greeley-Evans School District 6 has seen an increase in its on-time graduation rates.


The 2021 on-time graduation rate for District 6 is 84.1 percent, exceeding the state average of 81.7 percent. The completion rate for District 6 – which includes students who take longer than four years to graduate – is 85.8 percent. A total of 1,264 students graduated from District 6 high schools in 2021.


The 2021 graduation rate shows improvement over the 2020 graduation rate of 82 percent and is a significant increase over the 2017 graduation rate of 78.7 percent.


“This is reflective of the work of our strategic plan. Our focus on personalized learning, as well as career and college readiness, is really paying off for the students in District 6,” said Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “The intentional work of our staff to make sure every student has a plan for high school graduation and beyond is showing in these numbers. Our students are working hard to reach their goals with the support of our hardworking staff. I am very proud of this work.”


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


District 6 still has work to do to ensure all students graduate from high school on time. That is why creating robust personalized learning plans for all students and focusing on college and career preparation are still prominent in Innovation2030, the district’s new strategic plan launching this year.


“This has to continue to be our focus moving forward,” Dr. Pilch said. “Every student can and should graduate on time. We just need to ensure they have the right support and path to cross the finish line.”


The dropout rate for District 6 is holding steady at 1.7 percent this year, slightly below the state average of 1.8 percent.


Here are the graduation rates by school in District 6:


  • Greeley Central High School: 90.4 percent
  • Early College Academy: 100 percent
  • Jefferson High School/Greeley-Evans Alternative Program: 50.6 percent
  • Northridge High School: 93.1 percent
  • Greeley West High School: 91 percent
  • Frontier Academy High School: 98.8 percent
  • Union Colony Preparatory: 100 percent
  • University High School: 97.4 percent