• News Release: PGCPS Graduation Rate Reaches Record High

    January 25, 2017
    For Immediate Release
    CONTACT:
    Office of Communications
    301-952-6001

    High school graduation rate exceeds 80 percent for the first time since 2010


    UPPER MARLBORO, MD – More than 81 percent of seniors in the Class of 2016 graduated from Prince George’s County Public Schools – the highest number since 2010.


    According to data released from the Maryland State Department of Education, the four-year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) rose 2.6 percentage points, moving from 78.8 to 81.4 percent. The PGCPS rate now exceeds 80 percent for the first time since the state began tracking cohort data in 2010.


    Eight high schools meet the system’s goal of a minimum 90 percent graduation rate:

    Academy of Health Sciences at PGCC (100 percent), Bowie (90.2 percent), Charles H. Flowers (91 percent), DuVal (92.4 percent), Gwynn Park (94.6 percent), Eleanor Roosevelt (91.5 percent), Frederick Douglass (92 percent) and Surrattsville (90.8 percent).


    Since 2013, the PGCPS graduation rate is up 7.3 percentage points, from 74.1 percent to the current 81.4 percent.


    “We have made remarkable progress,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer. “I am excited about the growth in this important measure. Our progress reflects not only the dedication of students and staff, but also the strength of new partnerships with families and the community.”


    Overall, 18 of 22 high schools improved over last year’s rate. Gwynn Park High School had the highest graduation rate. Surrattsville High School had the largest increase, up 10.6 percentage points since last year.


    The school system’s 2.6 percentage point increase is the second-largest statewide. In addition, the PGCPS dropout rate decreased to 13.9 percent, down from 15 percent in 2015.


    To support student success, the district is focused on literacy, improving teaching and learning, expanding teacher mentoring and professional development, using data to target student needs, offering online credit recovery programs and encouraging in-school alternatives to suspensions.


    Comprehensive high schools with graduation rate gains of three or more percentage points since 2015 include:


    Surrattsville – 10.6

    Gwynn Park – 7.4

    Suitland – 6.8

    Potomac – 5.3

    Charles Herbert Flowers – 4.9

    Bowie – 4.7

    Friendly – 4.6

    Forestville – 4.0

    High Point – 3.3


    Graduation rates for all PGCPS high schools are as follows:


    School

    2015 ACGR

    2016 ACGR

    ACGR Change

    Academy of Health Sciences at PGCC

    100.0

    100.0

    0.0

    Gwynn Park High

    87.2

    94.6

    7.4

    DuVal High

    91.7

    92.4

    0.7

    Frederick Douglass High

    90.4

    92.0

    1.6

    Eleanor Roosevelt High

    90.5

    91.5

    1.0

    Charles Herbert Flowers High

    86.1

    91.0

    4.9

    Surrattsville High

    80.2

    90.8

    10.6

    Bowie High

    85.5

    90.2

    4.7

    Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High

    87.4

    89.2

    1.8

    Laurel High

    82.8

    85.4

    2.6

    Fairmont Heights High

    86.5

    85.4

    -1.1

    Oxon Hill High

    83.7

    84.6

    0.9

    Largo High

    82.4

    84.2

    1.8

    Crossland High

    81.3

    82.0

    0.7

    Friendly High

    76.1

    80.7

    4.6

    Forestville High (closed June 2016)

    75.5

    79.5

    4.0

    Suitland High

    72.3

    79.1

    6.8

    Potomac High

    71.0

    76.3

    5.3

    Parkdale High

    76.8

    74.5

    -2.3

    Central High

    75.0

    73.9

    -1.1

    Bladensburg High

    73.6

    73.5

    -0.1

    Northwestern High

    66.6

    69.3

    2.7

    High Point High

    59.2

    62.5

    3.3

    All Prince George's Schools

    78.8

    81.4

    2.6


    MSDE uses a four-year cohort method to calculate graduation rates. It follows a set group of students from freshman year through their senior year.


    For more information, visit the2016 Maryland Report Card website.


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    Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.