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FCPS Reaches All-Time High Graduation Rate of 96.2%

October 8, 2021

Fauquier County Public Schools’ on-time graduation rate increased from 95.5% in 2020 to an all-time high of 96.2 percent in 2021, according to data released by the Virginia Department of Education.

FCPS continued to achieve high graduation rates in all subgroup categories while maintaining a low dropout rate of 1.94%, compared to the state average of 4.3%.

The on-time rate refers to first-time ninth-graders who entered high school in the fall of 2017 and graduated on time in 2021.  Once again, Fauquier County’s rate exceeds the state rate of 93 percent. VDOE started reporting the rates in 2008 based on longitudinal student data accounting for student mobility, retention and other factors; the following are FCPS on-time graduation rates released in the annual VDOE reports.

Fauquier County Public Schools

Class of:

% On-Time Graduation Rate

2021

96.2

2020

95.5

2019

94.1

2018

96.1

2017

95.5

2016

95.1

2015

93.3

2014

93.8

2013

94.0

2012

93.1

2011

90.5

2010

90.3

2009

88.1

2008

86.9

Not only did the school division fare well overall, but FCPS also continued to achieve high graduation rates in four subgroup categories—Black students (94.8%), Hispanic students (91.7%), Students with Disabilities (93.7%) and Economically Disadvantaged Students (92.5%). In 2021, FCPS made tremendous gains with English Language Learners, soaring to 84.4% from 66.7% in 2020.

Dr. David Jeck, FCPS Division Superintendent, credits teachers for not giving up on students. 

“Thank a teacher. That is what we should all be doing in regard to our graduation rates. They are, once again, outstanding across the board, and it’s because our teachers never gave up, they never lowered the bar, and they stayed connected with students,” Jeck said.

“What is most interesting is the state dropout rate versus our dropout rate. It is roughly half of the state rate. We just endured a year where it would have been so easy to let some kids fall through the cracks, but our teachers and administrators would not allow it. We have been talking about providing equity for all kids for several years, and now we are seeing what happens when you provide all kids what they need in order to be successful,” he said. 

Dr. Major Warner, FCPS Deputy Superintendent, added, “It is important to continually reiterate for our community that our on-time graduation rate is one of those data points that illustrates the depth of our collective journey.  It is an academic outcome that is a true measure of that success, and best reflects the investment that our teachers make in each child from their first day and culminates in the receipt of their diploma each spring.  It is an unwavering belief and commitment by teachers to providing an equitable environment that fosters growth and provides meaningful experiences for all of our students.”

“What I’m equally as proud of is our low dropout rate,” Warner said.  “The reality is that we do a wonderful job of keeping our kids connected to and in their schools over the course of time with the types of services we provide and the emphasis we place on relationships.”

How Do We Compare?
The 2021 FCPS on-time graduation rate ranks very favorably in comparison to school divisions of similar size throughout the state.  Fauquier landed third among the 18 school divisions in the Commonwealth with student enrollments ranging from 8,000 to 16,000.  The following chart reflects the on-time graduation rates for those 18 school divisions.

    2021 On-Time Graduation Rates for Virginia School Divisions with 8,000-16,000 Students

School Division

Percent

York

97.6

Albemarle

96.5

Fauquier

96.2

Roanoke County

95.4

Montgomery

95.1

Campbell County

94.4

Williamsburg/James City

94.1

Augusta

94

Frederick

93.6

Rockingham

93.1

Bedford

92.4

Pittsylvania

91.9

Culpeper

90.9

Alexandria

90.8

Roanoke City

89.3

Suffolk

86.1

Lynchburg City

85.8

Portsmouth City

             84.2