The graduation rate for Atlanta Public Schools is up for 2015, according to a report released by the Georgia Department of Education. The APS graduation rate is 71.5 percent, which is 12.4 percentage rates higher than 2014.
The state graduation rate rose by 6.3 percentage points, from 72.5 percent in 2014 to 78.8 percent in 2015. As a result, APS closed the gap with the state by 6.1 percentage points.
With large increases and high performance, the following APS schools led the way in the rise in graduation rates: Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (94 percent), Grady (89.7 percent), North Atlanta (81.5 percent), Benjamin E. Mays (81.9 percent), and the South Atlanta Schools of Health (87.9 percentage points) and Computer Animation and Design (77.8 percent). While the rate for Carver Early College (98.6 percent) did not increase, it continues to achieve the highest graduation rates in the district. KIPP Atlanta Collegiate (92.9 percent) achieved one of the highest rates with its first graduating class.
Other schools that achieved large gains include Therrell School of Health with a gain of 12.4 percentage points and overall graduation rate of 67.1 percent; Therrell School of Law with a gain of 16.6 percentage points and overall graduation rate of 68.6 percent; Frederick Douglass with a gain of 16.2 percentage points and overall graduation rate of 58.7 percent. Carver School of Technology achieved a gain of 17.2 percentage points and overall graduation rate of 64.6 percent; Carver School of Health with a gain of 6.8 percentage points and overall graduation rate of 68 percent. Therrell School of Science Technology Engineering and Math had a gain of 3.0 percentage points with an overall graduation rate of 79.5 percent.
“I am proud of the contributions from all of our high schools in ensuring that more students graduate on time,” said Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen. She also noted that a variety of factors contributed significantly to APS’ gains. “After carefully verifying our data, it seems clear that while changes in the state testing requirements likely played a role in these gains, targeted district-based efforts were also major reasons for these improvements. Throughout last school year, APS made a strong effort to help our students remain on a path to earning a diploma.”