Sherwood High School graduation rates among the best in the state

posted Jan 31, 2013, 7:35 AM by Corey Thompson

91.32% of Sherwood High School students graduate in four years; 98.36% complete high school within five years.

Today the Oregon Department of Education released data on graduation rates for all high schools in the state for the 2011-12 school year.  Sherwood High performed exceptionally well with over 91% of students graduating within four years and over 98% completing high school within five years.  In addition, Sherwood’s dropout rate was only .76% because some students who did not complete high school within five years continue to work towards that goal.

Several years ago, Sherwood High School staff examined data concerning the academic performance of 9th grade students, a highly predictive measure of future success.  This analysis inspired the staff to create a plan to support incoming freshmen and provide a smooth transition from middle school.  We are now seeing the results of that work as those freshmen are high school graduates.

“We are certainly proud of these great results and the work of our staff and students.  The concerted efforts of our high school staff have made a significant difference and we are excited to continue our hard work,” said former high school Associate Principal and current Assessment and Accountability Coordinator Dr. Steven Sugg.  

A deeper look at the current data reveals some areas for growth in the future.  While 96.25% of disadvantaged students completed high school within five years, 81.52% graduated within four years.  Disadvantaged students include students in special education, English language learners, economically disadvantaged, and students from traditionally underserved ethnicities.  These numbers provide direction for future efforts; nevertheless, the graduation rates for our disadvantaged students are a source of pride for the district as they fall well above the state averages.  District administrators and staff are working collaboratively to continue to improve graduation rates for all students.  

For more information, contact the Office of Teaching and Learning at 503-825-5011.