Graduation Rates Steadily Rising

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Graduation rates at New Rochelle High School continue to climb according to Principal Reginald Richardson. He shared the good news with the board of education at their meeting on Sept. 27.

2015-2016 graduation rates for all students was 86 percent. Richardson presented graduation numbers for segments of the student population broken down by factors such as race and economic need. The rates for all segments improved from the prior year. Notably, economically disadvantaged students graduated at a rate of 83 percent, only 3 percent lower than the student body average.

There has been a steady increase in graduation rates over the past decade at New Rochelle High School. Overall, graduation rates are up from 78 percent in 2007-2008 to 86 percent in 2015-2106. This rise has occurred while demographically the student body shifted to include a higher number of students of color, students with disabilities and students who are economically disadvantaged.

“We were able to make progress in the midst of these demographic trends thanks to great teaching and partnerships with community programs aimed at helping at-risk populations,” Richardson said. “All our kids have the ability to succeed. Some just need additional support.”

Richardson said while he’s pleased with the progress that’s been made, his goal is to attain a graduation rate of at least 90 percent.