Graduation Rate

St. Johns County graduation rate for 2010-2011 rose to 93.3%, an increase of .7% over last year and well above the state average of 81.2%, according to results released today by the Florida Department of Education.
“This is the sixth year in a row that our graduation rate has continued to climb, from 76.7% in 2005-06 to 93.3% this year,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “These trends show the commitment and diligence of teachers, administrators, support staff and parents to ensure their students and children are successful.”
“The four-year graduation rate represents a perceivable and measurable success throughout our district. I am extremely proud of our efforts as a team and those of our students,” he added. Several programs have contributed to the increase including grade recovery programs at middle and high schools, career academies and their emphasis on relevant education, and smaller learning environments.
Graduation rates measure student progress over four years. The method of calculating the graduation rate tracks individuals by student I.D. numbers beginning with their first-time enrollment in ninth grade. This methodology helps account for students transferring both in and out of the county.
In Florida graduates include all students who receive standard diplomas, special diplomas for certain students with disabilities, high school exit-option General Educational Development (GED) diplomas, adult standard diplomas and adult GED diplomas.
During the past year the district’s dropout rate also improved, decreasing from .9% to .8%.  The state dropout average for the 2010-2011 school is 1.9%.