Sherwood High School graduation rates among the best in the state

posted Feb 6, 2014, 8:36 AM by Corey Thompson   [ updated Feb 11, 2014, 8:43 AM ]

92.78% of Sherwood High School students graduate in four years; 95.51% 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 2012-13 school year. Sherwood High performed exceptionally well with 92.78% of students graduating within four years and over 95% completing high school within five years.  In addition, Sherwood’s dropout rate was only .73% 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 proud of our students and attribute the great success to a concentrated ninth through twelfth grade effort, a dedicated staff, and strong support from our community.  We will continue to provide individualized support to ensure that all of our students are college and career ready,” said Sherwood High School Principal Ken Bell.

A deeper look at the current data reveals other areas of strength as well as some areas for growth in the future.  89.74% students in underserved races and ethnicities graduated within four years and 100% completed high school within five years.  86.17% of our economically disadvantaged students, about 26% of our graduating class, graduated from high school in four years.  The graduation rates for these students are a source of pride for the district as they fall well above the state averages.  

While only 37% of students with disabilities graduated from high school in four years across the state, 66.67% graduated in four years from Sherwood High School.  While our rates were well above the state average, they also point to areas of growth where we will continue to work to serve our students better.  District administrators and staff are working collaboratively to continue to ensure student success and improve graduation rates for all students.  

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