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September 29, 2017

95.5% of Fauquier seniors graduate on time this year

Among the county’s three public high schools, Kettle Run posted the best on-time graduation rate this year: 98.1 percent.
Our teachers, and our staff, and our kids are rock stars . . . . Everyone involved in the education of these amazing kids, beginning in kindergarten, deserves credit for this amazing outcome.
— School Superintendent David Jeck
The on-time graduation rate for Fauquier public school students this year reached its highest point in a decade, the Virginia Department of Education reported Wednesday. 

Of 898 students who entered the ninth grade in the county’s three high schools four years ago, 95.5 percent graduated on schedule — the Fauquier school system’s best performance since the state started its annual report in 2008.

Fauquier’s graduation rate tied that for Loudoun County.

Sixteen other public school systems — among 133 statewide — posted higher graduation rates this year.

Statewide, 91.1 percent of high school seniors graduated on time this fall. 

Last year, 95.1 percent of Fauquier public school seniors graduated on time.

Among county schools, Kettle Run High posted the best on-time gradation rate at 98.1 percent.

At Liberty High School, 95.7 percent earned diplomas in four years. At Fauquier High School, 92.8 percent graduated on time.

“Our teachers, and our staff, and our kids are rock stars,” Superintendent David Jeck said in a press release. “A 95.5-percent graduation rate doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Everyone involved in the education of these amazing kids, beginning in kindergarten, deserves credit for this amazing outcome.” 

Associate superintendent Major Warner added, “We put a lot of emphasis on healthy school culture, and this reflects a universal commitment K-12 to providing high-quality instruction and safe environments for students to learn.  When students are connected to their schools, great things happen, and what happens in kindergarten is just as important as what happens in the senior year.”  

Twenty-two Class of 2017 students — or 2.4 percent — dropped out since entering Fauquier high schools four years ago.

Eleven members of the Class of 2017 earned GEDS.

According to the Virginia Department of Education, 94.8 percent of students with disabilities at some time during their high school careers graduated on time.

Highlights of this year’s report for the Class of 2017 at Fauquier, Kettle Run and Liberty high schools include: 

• 97.1 percent of females graduated on time, compared to 94.3 percent of males.  

• 335 — or 37.3 percent — earned standard diplomas. 

• 501 — or 55.7 percent — earned advanced studies diploma. 

• 88.3 percent of black and Hispanic students graduated on time.

• 25 class members had limited English proficiency at some time during their high school years. Of those, 76 percent earned diplomas on time — down 9.7 percent from last year.

• The class had 31 students homeless at some time during their high school careers; 83.9 percent graduated on time — up 2.1 percent from last year.

Statewide, these public school systems posted the best 2017 on-time graduation rates:

• Falls Church, 99.5 percent.
• Bland County, 98.2 percent.
• Clarke County, 97.9 percent.
• Fluvanna County, 97.4 percent.
• West Point, 97.3 percent.

For more information from the Department of Education, click here.

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