Walt Whitman Has County’s Highest Graduation Rate of 2017

MCPS graduation rates remain at about 90 percent


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Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Thomas S. Wootton High in Rockville and Winston Churchill High in Potomac posted the highest graduation rates in the county last year, according to state data released Tuesday.

Overall, the four-year graduation rate for Montgomery County Public Schools came in at about 90 percent over the 2016-2017 school year, holding about even with the prior two years. MCPS officials noted the county’s rate of about 89.52 percent—a 0.3-percentage point decrease from the prior year—surpassed the statewide average of roughly 87.67 percent.

“Montgomery County Public Schools continues to outperform public schools across the state and our high graduation rate is a testament to the hard work of our students, the commitment of our staff and strong support from the community,” school board President Michael Durso said in a news release.

The graduation data came from a report card released Tuesday by the Maryland State Department of Education. The information showed that Whitman had the county’s highest four-year graduation rate at 97.9 percent. Wootton was next with 97.8 percent, while Churchill had 97.4 percent, according to MCPS.

The MCPS press release stated that graduation rates have increased over the past three years at 14 high schools across the county. Seneca Valley High School in Germantown saw the largest improvement, with an increase of 3 percentage points, and Springbrook High School in Silver Spring had an increase of 2.7 percentage points.

The report card also showed some year-over-year gains among several student subgroups in MCPS. The percentage of African-American students who earned their diploma in four years rose by 0.5 percentage points to 88.2 percent. Graduation rates have climbed for the past three years for students eligible to receive free and reduced-price meals. 

“We are proud of the progress we’ve made in closing gaps and maintaining one of the highest graduation rates in the state,” Superintendent Jack Smith said in the release.

Smith voiced concern about declining graduation rates for students with limited English proficiency; those rates fell from 47.76 percent to 40.7 percent between the 2015-2016 year and the 2016-2017 year.

“We are committed to making investments in the resources and opportunities these students need to meet their full potential,” he said.

Graduation rates at county high schools:

  1. Walt Whitman High (97.9 percent)
  2. Thomas S. Wootton High (97.8 percent)
  3. Winston Churchill High (97.4 percent)
  4. Poolesville High (96.2 percent)
  5. Walter Johnson High (95.8 percent)
  6. Quince Orchard High (95.6 percent)
  7. Northwest High (94.95 percent)
  8. Bethesda-Chevy Chase High (94.42 percent)
  9. Damascus High (93.98 percent)
  10. Sherwood High (93.89 percent)
  11. Richard Montgomery High (92.24 percent)
  12. Clarksburg High (91.52 percent)
  13. Paint Branch High (90.55 percent)
  14. James Hubert Blake High (90.21 percent)
  15. Col. Zadok Magruder High (89.59 percent)
  16. Springbrook High (87.83 percent)
  17. Montgomery Blair High (86.21 percent)
  18. Seneca Valley High (86.21 percent)
  19. Rockville High (86.02 percent)
  20. Watkins Mill High (84.5 percent)
  21. Albert Einstein High (81.93 percent)
  22. John F. Kennedy High (81.22 percent)
  23. Northwood High (79.36 percent)
  24. Gaithersburg High (77.39 percent)
  25. Wheaton High (77.36 percent)

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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