Graduation rates remain above state average

Graduation rates remain above state average

Charles County Public Schools’ (CCPS) graduation rate remained above the state average, but dropped slightly from 92.36 percent in 2015 to 92.17 percent in 2016, according to data released Jan. 24 by the Maryland State Department of Education. The CCPS four-year cohort graduation rate has improved more than 6 points since 2010.

“A high school diploma is the first essential tool for career and college success. Our goal is for all students to finish high school with their class. We continue to explore ways to help students who may need a different option than a traditional high school to stay in school until graduation,” Superintendent Kimberly Hill said. The school system expanded alternative high school options this year with the opening of the Virtual Academy at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center and expansion plans for evening high school.

Four of seven high schools posted graduation rates greater than 90 percent. St. Charles High School’s first graduating class had a 94.19 percent graduation rate. North Point High School’s graduation rate was 96.63, La Plata High School’s was 95.83 and Westlake High School’s was 92.7 percent.

Hill said she is proud of the hard work of both students and staff to maintain a higher-than-average graduation rate, but the school system still has work to do, especially among its special student population subgroups.

Four-year cohort graduation rates by race/ethnicity are:

  • Asian: 98.61 percent;
  • African-American: 91.09 percent;
  • Hispanic/Latino: 89.81 percent;
  • White: 93.58 percent;
  • Two or more races: greater than 93.4 percent;
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100 percent; and
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 85.71 percent.

Graduation rates for other subgroups include:

  • Free or reduced-price meals (FARMS): 83.33 percent;
  • Special education students: 70.52 percent; and
  • Limited English Proficiency: 73.33.

The percentage of students dropping out of school also remained about the same. The CCPS four-year cohort dropout rate increased slightly from 4.30 percent in 2015 to 4.31 percent in 2016. The state’s dropout rate was 7.97 percent in 2016. Dropout rates provide a cumulative rate across the four years since the cohort first entered Grade 9. This rate includes dropouts as those students who did not graduate after four years but did not return for a fifth year.

Seven years ago, Maryland moved to the cohort graduation rate, which follows a set group of students from freshman year through their senior year. The state includes both the four-year cohort and five-year cohort rate in its accountability program. Data released this week is for the four-year cohort graduation rate for the class of 2016 and includes summer graduates. The calculation follows students from the time they first enter Grade 9 and includes those who graduate after four years.

Graduation Rate – Four-year Cohort Rates at a Glance

Charles County Public Schools – All Students

 School                               Grad rate                  Dropout rate

Henry E. Lackey                     88.11                           8.61

La Plata                                   95.83                           2.38

Maurice J. McDonough          86.04                           7.21

North Point                             96.63                           1.47

St. Charles                               94.19                           2.9

Thomas Stone                         87.46                            6.9

Westlake                                 92.7                              4.01

Charles County                       92.17                            4.31

Maryland                                 87.61                            7.97

More information about graduation and dropout rates, along with other Maryland accountability measures, can be found on the 2016 Maryland Report Card at

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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