High School Graduation / Ready
Increasing the number of students who will stay in school and graduate in four years has been a key focus for our work along the education continuum; it is a significant milestone that caps the traditional PK-12 educational experience. Both national and local statistics demonstrate the power of a diploma when it comes to an individual’s health, income and opportunities for success.
We have seen a steady climb in Anchorage from a 59 percent four-year graduation rate in 2005 to the current rate of 76 percent and we are on track to reach our goal of 90 percent by 2020 if we continue at this pace. In addition to the focus on producing more graduates, we are also looking at graduates’ preparation for postsecondary education and career opportunities and the impact those trends have on our workforce. We want to ensure that students are ready to pursue advanced degrees and training that will lead to employment and increased earnings, and that they will be able to fulfill the needs of our city and state’s varied businesses and industries.