The number of Rochester City School District students graduating after four years of high school (measured through August of the graduation year), as a percentage of their cohort and broken down by race/ethnicity and gender. 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.
The graduation rate in 2015 was highest for white females at 66%, followed by 57% for both African American females and white males, 50% for Hispanic females and 47% for African American males. The lowest graduation rates were among Hispanic males (38%) and Asian females (43%). Overall, 56% of females graduated in four years, compared to 46% of males.
Students are included in the State total cohort based on the year they entered Grade 9 or, if ungraded, the school year in which they reached their seventeenth birthday. Students are included in the cohort of the school where they were last enrolled if they were enrolled for a minimum of five months. Students were counted as graduates if they earned a local or a Regents diploma. These figures includes students who graduate in August after making up courses during the summer. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the second quarter.