Return to Headlines

LCPS On-Time Graduation Rate Increases to 97.6 Percent

 

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) had an on-time graduation rate of 97.6% for the students in the class of 2021 who entered the ninth grade in 2017.

That rate was 4.3 points above the state average of 93% as reported on September 30 by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The On-Time Graduation Rate calculates the percentage of students who complete high school within four years.

LCPS ranked 9th out of Virginia’s 131 school divisions in on-time graduation and had the second highest graduation rate among the Northern Virginia divisions of Falls Church City (98.5%), Fauquier County (96.2%), Fairfax County (94.6%), Arlington County (94.4%), Prince William County (92.8%) and Alexandria City (90.8%).

Fourteen of Loudoun’s 16 high schools with a graduating class had a graduation rate at or above the state average. Although Park View High School and Tuscarora High School are below the state average, the graduation rates at both schools have continued to increase. In 2021, 90.2% of Park View students graduated on-time, compared to 89.7% in 2020. The graduation rate for Tuscarora increased from 91.5% in 2020 to 92.7% in 2021. The division continues to provide support to these schools to meet the needs of their students and staff.

On-time Graduation Rates for LCPS high schools with a graduating class were:

  • Briar Woods High School, 99.2%
  • Broad Run High School,  96.9%
  • Dominion High School, 97.7%
  • Freedom High School, 99.3%
  • Heritage High School, 97.2%
  • Independence High School, 98.5%
  • John Champe High School, 99.5%
  • Loudoun County High School, 96.5%
  • Loudoun Valley High School, 98.8%
  • Park View High School, 90.2%
  • Potomac Falls High School, 96.0%
  • Riverside High School, 99.3%
  • Rock Ridge High School, 98.9%
  • Stone Bridge High School, 98.1%
  • Tuscarora High School, 92.7%
  • Woodgrove High School, 99.0%

Of Loudoun’s 6,495 students, 4,867 (74.9%) achieved the rigorous standards for an Advanced Studies Diploma in 2021. Statewide, 52.8% of students earned an Advanced Studies Diploma.

“The on-time graduation rate improvement and the high number of students receiving Advanced Studies Diplomas are remarkable accomplishments at any time, but their achievement given the backdrop of the pandemic is especially noteworthy. An on-time graduation rate improvement of nearly a full percentage point is truly something for our community to celebrate. It’s a testament to the hard work our students demonstrated over the past four years and to the commitment of our educators to engage and challenge students during months of virtual learning,” said Deputy Superintendent Ashley Ellis. 

Among the state-defined student subgroups, LCPS had a higher graduation rate than the state average for every student group except for Homeless students. The division recognizes that gaps exist among various student groups and will continue to implement strategies to address the needs of all students.


Subgroup

State % Graduated

LCPS % Graduated

All Students

93.0

97.6

Female

95.0

98.3

Male

91.0

96.8

Black

90.8

98.0

Hispanic

85.1

90.6

White

95.3

99.1

Asian

98.5

99.3

American Indian

93.1

93.8

Two or more races

95.1

98.5

Students with Disabilities

90.7

96.0

Economically Disadvantaged

89.2

92.5

English Learners

77.2

85.4

Homeless

73.0

71.3


Virginia’s statewide dropout rate was 4.3% percent for the students who entered high school as first-time ninth graders in 2017. Loudoun’s dropout rate was lower at 1.4%.

On-time graduation rates for all schools and school divisions in Virginia are available on the Virginia Department of Education’s School Quality Profile reports website.

 

 

 

 

Published October 8, 2021