High School Graduation
Increasing the number of students who will stay in school and graduate in four years has been a key focus for our work; it is a significant milestone that caps the traditional PK-12 educational experience. Both national and local statistics show 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% four-year graduation rate in 2005 to 80.2% for the class of 2015 (based on preliminary data) and we are on track to reach our goal of 90% by 2020.
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.
Back on Track
The Back on Track initiative is a partnership between 90% by 2020, Covenant House and the Anchorage School District that allows homeless and at-risk youth to attend classes they need to get their high school diploma. United Way of Anchorage was awarded $750,000 over 2 years through the AT&T Aspire Grant to run this initiative. With an extra $30,000 from BP for hiring teachers and teacher's assistance, we will be able to help these youth achieve high school graduation.
We have already seen a number of students earn their high school diploma since we began. CLICK HERE to read some of there stories.
Youth Graduation Task Force
The 90% by 2020 Youth Graduation Task Force was formed in 2016 to work with their peers, parents and teachers to increase attendance in high school students. CLICK HERE to learn more about who they are and the projects they are working on.
Anchorage Data: Four Year Graduation Rates
The graduation rate represents the percent of high school students who graduate from high school within four years and were awarded a diploma. Through 2014, students were also required to pass a High School Graduation Qualifying Exam (HSGQE) to receive a diploma.