Graduation Rates for DC Public Charter High Schools

The number of students earning high school diplomas at public charter schools within four years increased by 0.5 percentage points to 73.4 percent, according to data released today by OSSE. The District’s overall graduation is 72.4%. This is the first time the city’s graduation rate has climbed above 70%.

For five consecutive years, public charter high schools have consistently exceeded the four-year citywide averages for: African American (72.6% graduated), economically disadvantaged (74% graduated), and Hispanic (79.2% graduated).

Trends vary widely from school to school, with nearly all the schools earning a graduation rate above the city’s overall graduation rate. High school graduation rates are one of many important factors calculated on our School Quality Reports for high schools. We also consider five-year rates, reported separately, because at many schools an additional five to ten percent of students graduate within five years. We will be releasing our 2017 high school reports on November 8. 

School Name Graduates within four years Cohort Size Four-Year Graduation Rate
All Charter Schools (includes alternative schools) 1047 1427 73.4%
Capital City PCS - High School 59 65 90.8%
Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy - Parkside High School 61 70 87.1%
Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy - Chavez Prep 
N<10 N<10 N<10
Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy - Capitol Hill  57 75 76.0%
E.L. Haynes PCS - High School 85 99 85.9%
Friendship PCS - Technology Preparatory High School  42 44 95.5%
Friendship PCS - Collegiate Academy
177 212 83.5%
IDEA PCS  35 60 58.3%
KIPP DC - College Preparatory Academy PCS 
77 95 81.1%
Paul PCS - International High School  82 118 69.5%
SEED PCS of Washington DC 
18 19 94.7%
Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS 
60 75 80.0%
Washington Latin PCS - Upper School 
79 87 90.8%
Washington Mathematics Science Technology PCHS
51 68 75.0%
National Collegiate Preparatory PCHS  
48 82 58.5%
Richard Wright PCS for Journalism and Media Arts
45 58 77.6%
BASIS DC PCS 15 15 100.0%

Alternative High Schools

Alternative high schools are designed to meet the needs of students who have been unsuccessful at traditional high schools. Nearly all the students are overaged and uncredited.

School Name Graduates within four years Cohort Size Four-Year Graduation Rate
Maya Angelou - High School 36 71 50.7%
Kingsman Academy PCS 19 47 40.4%


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