The number of students graduating after four years of high school (measured through August of the graduation year), as a percentage of their cohort, broken down by students' race and ethnicity. The cohort is the class of ninth-graders beginning high school in the same academic year.
High school graduation is the culmination of a successful K-12 education and the gateway to college or employment. Students who do not graduate face the prospect of unemployment or low-paying jobs.
Graduation rates were higher among white and Asian students in our region (90% and 83%, respectively) compared to Hispanic and African American students (67% and 66%, respectively) for the Class of 2016. The Rochester School District posted graduation rates of 55% for both African American and white students, 49% for Hispanic students and 45% for Asian students. Monroe and Wyoming had the highest rate for white students both at 92%.
The method for calculating the graduation rate was changed for 2005 and 2007. Prior years are not comparable, thus are not reported.