Graduation Rates Continue to Climb as Dropout Rates Decline
Four-year graduation rates for Westminster Public Schools (WPS) class of 2019 increased by just more than two percent, surpassing the state average increase and meeting the district mission of “continuous improvement.”
Westminster High School’s four-year rate increased from 79.1% to 81.9% while the rate at Hidden Lake High School, the district’s alternative high school, also improved.
“This is the continuation of an important trend in Westminster Public Schools where we improve every year and more and more of our students are fully prepared for life after high school,” said Superintendent Pam Swanson. “We mean it when we say that the most important day for our students is the day after graduation.”
Of significant note is the continued increase in the five-year graduation rate in the district.
The five-year graduation rate at Westminster High School is 85.8%, which exceeds the state average of 84.9%.
The WPS Competency Based System (CBS) recognizes the importance of students being fully proficient in all skills before graduating, even if it takes more time. This is especially true for students who enter the educational system behind their peers.
“There is nothing magical about getting a diploma in a fixed amount of time,” said Swanson. “Some of our students graduate in three years, while others take more time. What is important is that when they walk off the graduation stage they are ready for the next chapter in their lives.”
In addition, Westminster High School’s dropout rate declined from 2.0% to 1.6% while Hidden Lake’s figure dropped as well.
The state of Colorado dropout rate is now 2.0%
CDE has created interactive tools and maps to better illustrate how the graduation and dropout rates look across the state.