DC Charter High Schools Graduated 80 Percent of its 2011 Senior Class

Thursday, April 5, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Audrey Williams
202-328-2748
awilliams@dcpubliccharter.com

Washington, D.C. — Four-year graduation rates released today by Washington D.C.’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
show that 80 percent of public charter high school students from the class of 2011 graduated on time. This percentage approaches the rates of neighboring,
affluent suburbs such as Fairfax and Montgomery County Public Schools.

“DC’s public charter schools serve a high percentage of at-risk students, many of whom will be the first in their families to attend college,” said
Scott Pearson, executive director of the DC Public Charter School Board. “A four-year graduation rate of 80 percent is a testament to the hard
work of all of DC’s charter school leaders. While there is reason to celebrate, we still have a lot of work to do to ensure that all students are able
to finish high school and receive a diploma.”

The public charter high school with the highest graduation rate was Washington Math Science and Technology Public Charter School, which serves all low-income, African American students. It had an on-time graduation rate of 91 percent, the same as Fairfax County Public Schools, which has a substantially different population with just over a quarter of its students low-income and ten percent African American. The SEED Public Charter School of Washington
(90%), Booker T. Washington Public Charter School (86%), and Friendship Public Charter School – Collegiate Academy (86%) all had rates at or above Montgomery County Public Schools (A complete list of public charter school graduation rates is below).

OSSE calculated graduation rates for the 2010-2011 school year under the new Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) – the method now required for all
states by the U.S. Department of Education. The ACGR is determined based on the total number of students who graduated with a regular diploma in 2011
within four years. Many charter schools require students lacking sufficient credits to take a fifth year to graduate. These graduates are not reflected
in the four-year graduation rate. “While graduating in four years is a laudable goal, we should also celebrate those students who take the extra time they
need to earn their high school diploma. And we should recognize that charter school graduation rates would be even higher were these graduates to be
included in the calculation,” Pearson said.

The DC Public Charter School Board currently oversees 53 public charter schools on 98 campuses serving nearly 32,000 students living in every ward of the
city. Seventy-five percent of the students attending public charter schools qualify for free or reduced price meals. Public charter schools serve 41% of all public school students in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the PCSB and the Performance Management Framework (PMF) at www.dcpubliccharter.com.

2011 High School Graduation Rates for D.C. Public Charter High Schools

 

 

Graduates

Non-Graduates

Total

4-Year Graduation Rate

PMF Tier

Public Charter School Sector

841

215

1056

80%

 

 

Booker T   Washington PCS

74

12

86

86%

2

Cesar Chavez   PCS Capitol Hill Campus

73

13

86

85%

2

Cesar Chavez PCS Parkside Campus

47

10

57

82%

2

Friendship PCS Collegiate Academy Campus

278

46

324

86%

2

Hospitality PCS

19

11

30

63%

2

Ideal PCS High School Campus

24

11

35

69%

CLOSED

Integrated Design Electronics Academy (IDEA) PCS

47

18

65

72%

3

Maya Angelou PCS   Evans Campus

26

14

40

65%

3

Maya Angelou PCS Shaw Campus

8

11

19

42%

3

Options PCS

22

17

39

56%

3

Perry Street Prep

54

14

68

79%

2

SEED Public Charter School of Washington

36

4

40

90%

2

Thurgood Marshall Academy

42

14

56

75%

1

Washington Math Science Tech

84

8

92

91%

2

William E Doar, Jr. High School

8

11

19

42%

CLOSED

 

Note: The following DC Public Charter High Schools have not yet had a graduating class: KIPP,

National Collegiate Prep, EL Haynes, Capital City, Richard Wright and Washington Latin.

 

Definitions

Graduates

Number of 9th grade students in SY 2006-2007 who graduated from that school in SY 2010-2011.

Non-graduates

Number of 9th grade students in SY2006-2007 who have not graduated yet and still attend the school or who have dropped out.

Total

Total number of students counted in the cohort. Students who transferred to a diploma-granting high school were not counted in the cohort.

Graduation Rate

This is the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR).

PMF Tier

PCSB divides the public charter high schools into three Tiers based on academic performance. Performance measures include state test scores, PSAT, SAT, AP/IB, percentage of 9th graders on track to graduate, and college acceptance.

 
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