Five Star Schools graduation rate reaches new all-time high

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 8:15am
A smiling student is wearing a graduation cap and gown

District’s on-time graduation rate surpasses the statewide average.

Adams 12 Five Star Schools four-year, on-time graduation rate increased to 85.6 percent* for the Class of 2020, setting a new all-time high for the district. 

This rising graduation rate continues a decade-long climb, during which the Five Star District’s on-time graduation rate has increased by nearly 13 percentage points. The Five Star District’s graduation rate was 3.7 percentage points higher than the statewide average of 81.9 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Education.

“Seeing another year of rising graduation rates, especially after such a challenging spring, is a testament to the hard work of our educators and students across the district,” Superintendent Chris Gdowski said. “We are committed to carrying this progress forward and continuing to improve both our graduation rates and academic rigor.”

Alternative education pathways

For the Class of 2020, both of the district’s alternative schools, Vantage Point High School and Pathways, saw their highest-ever graduation rates. The graduation rate for Vantage Point reached 53 percent in 2020. Vantage Point offers an individualized program for students in grades 9-12 who are at risk of not graduating. Additionally, Pathways continues to graduate more students every year, increasing to just over 64 percent in 2020.

Specialized populations 

Nearly 77 percent of Hispanic students in the Five Star District graduated on time. This is an increase of 0.9 percent compared to 2019, and an increase of 9.6 percent compared to 2012. 

The district also increased on-time graduation rates for students served through specialized programs in every category tracked by the state. The state measures graduation data for students served in various specialized programs, such as English Language Learners, students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP), economically disadvantaged students, gifted and talented students and homeless students. The graduation rate of each group increased by at least 1.9 percentage points from 2019 to 2020.

“This continued progress highlights the critical work Five Star educators are doing to increase  student achievement for all students, regardless of their race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status,” Gdowski said. “Moving forward, we will keep working to identify the best ways to support students served by specialized programs.”

2020 on-time graduation rates for all district high schools

  • Horizon High School: 94.9 percent

  • Legacy High School: 92.4 percent

  • Mountain Range High School: 90.4 percent

  • The New America School: 27.0 percent

  • Northglenn High School:  91.0 percent

  • Pathways: 64.3 percent

  • Prospect Ridge Academy: 100.0 percent

  • Stargate Charter School: 100.0 percent

  • Thornton High School: 80.1 percent

  • Vantage Point High School: 53.0 percent

  • Westgate Community School: 93.3 percent

*The district graduation rate figure does not include district charter schools.