We are excited to announce that Highline’s graduation rate has risen for the third year in a row. Our graduation rate for 2016 is nearly 75 percent, more than 12 points higher than it was just two years ago.
"I am especially proud of our rising graduation rate because it comes at a time when standards for graduation are higher than ever, and increasing numbers of our students are taking challenging, advanced coursework," said Superintendent Susan Enfield.
Here is some evidence that Highline students are meeting higher standards on their path to graduation:
- Thanks to the diligent work of our teachers and principals to gear instruction to the new, more rigorous state learning standards, our students are being challenged to learn at higher levels than ever before.
- Every year, more and more of our students are challenging themselves with rigorous coursework, such as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB). Seventy-four percent of last year's seniors took at least one AP or IB class during high school. In addition, students at all four of our main high school campuses took advantage of expanded computer science offerings, an option few high schools in Washington offer.
- Our students must demonstrate their learning on the tougher state assessments that all students in Washington must pass in order to graduate. The Smarter Balanced Assessment is more challenging than past state exams.
- Highline’s credit requirements are higher than the state’s. The state requires 20 high school credits for graduation; Highline students must earn 23 credits to graduate.
“I am inspired by the work of our dedicated teachers and staff, who hold our students to high expectations, by the hard work of our students, and by the support our students receive from their families and our community. Our rising graduation rate is evidence that our students are capable of achieving the bold goals our community has set for them," said Dr. Enfield. "We are moving in the right direction, and we will not stop until we meet our target of at least 19 out of 20 students graduating prepared to choose their future.”
We thank our community for embracing our goals for our students and their commitment to seeing all students succeed.