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Posted February 23, 2018

APS Continues to Make Gains in Graduation Rates

The 2017 graduation rate for Albuquerque Public Schools increased by nearly two percentage points.

For the second straight year, the graduation rate for Albuquerque Public Schools has improved, jumping 1.7 percentage points to 67.9% for the Class of 2017, according to data released by the New Mexico Public Education Department Friday. 

In two years, the district’s graduation rate has increased by more than 6 percentage points.   

“I am pleased with the steady progress we are making in Albuquerque Public Schools,” said Superintendent Raquel Reedy. “More and more students are graduating from our schools each year. We fully intend to stay on this positive course with a goal of making it possible for all of our students to earn a high school diploma.”

The progress was especially positive for APS demographic groups, which saw gains in all but one category. The greatest gains were made by African American students whose graduation rate improved by 11.2 percentage points; Native American students who saw an improvement of 7.6 percentage points; and English Learners who saw an 8.4 percentage point improvement. The Hispanic graduation rate barely dipped by 0.2 percentage points.

Graduation Rates by Demographic Group

  • Native Americans: 54.6% (up 7.6 percentage points in one year, 9.1 percentage points in two years)
  • Asians: 83.3% (up 3.3 percentage points in one year, 8.8 percentage points in two years)
  • African Americans: 65.2% (up 11.2 percentage points in one year, 13.9 percentage points in two years)
  • Hispanics: 65.8% (down 0.2 percentage points in one year, up 5.8 percentage points in two years)
  • Caucasians: 75.5% (up 3.5 percentage points in one year, 6.9 percentage points in two years)
  • English Learners: 69.4% (up 8.4 percentage points in one year, 16.4 percentage points in two years)
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 61.6% (up 0.6 percentage points in one year, 6.8 percentage points in two years)
  • Students with Disabilities: 62.6% (up 0.6 percentage points in one year, 3 percentage points in two years).

Graduation Rates by High School

Nine of the district’s comprehensive high schools and four of its magnet high schools saw improved graduation rates. The greatest gains were made at Valley High School, which improved by 7.9 percentage points (and more than 10 percentage points in two years) to 75.2% and Nex-Gen Academy, which saw an impressive increase of 13.8 percentage points (nearly 20 percentage points in two years) to 83.9%.

The College and Career High School, a dual credit school located on the CNM college campus, has the district’s best graduation rate at 97.4% followed by the Early College Academy at 90.6%.  

Six high schools saw dips in their graduation rates: Albuquerque, Freedom, Highland, Rio Grande, School on Wheels and West Mesa. School on Wheels, an ever-evolving magnet school with a unique population that focuses on internships and job shadowing, saw a significant drop in its graduation rate last year but has since undergone restructuring.    

APS High School

2015
grad rate 

2016
grad rate

2017
 grad rate

1-Year
Difference

2-Year
Difference

Albuquerque High

66.9

70.4

70.1

-0.3

3.2

Atrisco Heritage Academy

60.5

69.7

70.8

1.1

10.3

Cibola High

72.1

74.9

78.1

3.2

6.0

College and Career

92.9

       94.2

97.4

3.2

4.5

Del Norte High

52.4

55.4

58.6

3.2

6.2

Early College Academy

85.9

84.1

90.6

6.5

4.7

Ecademy

17.6

22.9

25.0

2.1

7.4

Eldorado High

73.5

78.4

78.8

0.4

5.3

Freedom High

41.2

48.9

47.0

-1.9

5.8

Highland High

49.2

57.8

54.2

-3.6

5.0

La Cueva High

81.4

84.9

87.4

2.5

6.0

Manzano High

62.6

70.6

75.8

5.2

13.2

New Futures

25.5

29.4

32.2

2.8

6.7

Nex Gen Academy

64.2

70.1

83.9

13.8

19.7

Rio Grande High

58.7

65.8

61.0

-4.8

2.3

Sandia High

76.3

73.8

79.2

5.4

2.9

School On Wheels

30.7

47.9

20.8

-27.1

-9.9

Valley High

65

67.3

75.2

7.9

10.2

Volcano Vista High

75.3

79.5

84.7

5.2

9.4

West Mesa High

59.1

67.4

63.8

-3.6

4.7

The 67.9 percent graduation rate includes APS authorized charter schools. At this time the data isn’t available to extract charters from the district graduation rate. APS has limited academic control over charter schools, and its graduation rate is typically several percentage points higher when charters are extracted.

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