Pinellas County was also among the counties with the highest graduation rates.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla .– Congratulations are in order as Hillsborough County public schools hit a new all-time best graduation rate of 89.2%, all amid the pandemic, according to the school system.
The school system said it had its school leaders, teachers, counselors and support professionals to thank for this accomplishment.
“I am very pleased that our community and our organization achieved the highest graduation rate in the history of the district,” Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Addison Davis said Tuesday. “This correlates directly with the hard work and dedication shown by our students, caregivers, teachers, principals, school counselors, support professionals and district staff. “
Many schools have stood out in the overall achievement. This includes:
- Spoto High School has for the first time in its history achieved a graduation rate of 92.1%. This represents an increase of 7.2 percentage points year over year, the biggest improvement in the district.
- Armwood High School posted a year-over-year increase of 5.5 percentage points with a graduation rate of 87.9%.
- Leto High School now has a 96.5% graduation rate, the highest graduation rate in the history of this school.
- King High School rose to 89.7 percent, also the highest in school history.
- Newsome High School once again has the distinction of our district’s highest graduation rate at 98.9 percent, an increase again from last year.
Hillsborough County Public Schools have also seen an increase in graduation rates for minority groups of students:
- African American students have experienced a 1.9 percentage point increase in graduation rates, increasing by almost 10 percentage points over the past 5 years.
- Hispanic learners have achieved an increase of 7.4 percentage points over the past 5 years.
- Students with disabilities have steadily increased their graduation rate by 16.6 percentage points over the past five years.
- Economically disadvantaged students posted impressive gains, jumping 3.9 percentage points year over year – 9 percentage points over 5 years
In addition to Hillsborough County schools, Pinellas County schools recorded another record 92% graduation rate.
Other completed school systems include Hernando County at 91%, Pasco County at 91%, Sarasota County at 91%, Hillsborough County at 89.2%, Polk County at 85.3% and Manatee County at 85.1%.
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