Graduation Rates in the Syracuse City School District Continue to Climb

     Published on 1/12/16   Tagged under:    District News    Academics    Corcoran High School    Henninger High School    ITC    PSLA @ Fowler   

The New York State Education Department has released the high school completion data for the 2011 student cohort.  The Syracuse City School District’s overall four-year June graduation rate of 55% is the highest it has been since the 2004 cohort.  The August graduation rate was up to 58% with the five-year graduation rate reaching 60%.  During Superintendent Contreras’s tenure the four-year June graduation rate has increased from 48% to 55%, the four-year August graduation rate from 49% to 58% and the five-year graduation rate from 54% to 60%.
Three out of the five high schools in Syracuse had a graduation rate that exceeded 60% in 2015 with four out of the five showing improvement.  The Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central (ITC) led the way with a rate of 79% while Nottingham and Corcoran were at 62% and 61% respectively.  Both Henninger High School and Fowler High School boosted their graduation rates by 6% and 4% showing the most improvement across the district.
“The latest figures from NYSED are a testament to the hard work of our Syracuse City School District students, teachers and staff,” Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras said. “While we must continue to improve, we are making strides in the right direction ensuring that each of our students graduates college, career and civic ready. We will continue to support our staff, as well as programs and processes that help our students to reach their fullest potential.”
The drop-out rate continues to decrease dropping from 26% in 2008 to 16% in 2015.  Four out of the five high schools saw their drop-out numbers decrease.  In addition, the district’s English Language Arts and Mathematics Aspirational Performance Measure (APM) score saw an overall increase of 2%.