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F.C. Schools Ranked First in Virginia In On-Time Graduation Rate

Falls Church City Public Schools finished first among all school divisions in the state, in 2010, in the number of students who graduated on time with a diploma, according to data reported today by the Virginia Department of Education.

In a press release sent out by the City’s schools today, it was reported that the 2010 FCCPS graduation rate was 97 percent, well above the state average of 85.5 percent. “This is a notable achievement for our school division,” F.C. School Superintendent Lois Berlin said. “This means that nearly all of the seniors in our school division graduated with a diploma in four years. Our hope is to have 100% of our students achieve that accomplishment each year and that those who did not graduate on time will earn a diploma. The value of the diploma is not diminished by the time it takes to earn it. The important thing is to finish.” Here’s how the FCCPS compared to other school divisions in the region: Falls Church 97 percent, Loudoun County 94 percent, Fairfax County 91.2 percent, Arlington County 84.2 percent, Alexandria 78.6 percent.

School Division On-time Graduation Rate

FCCPS 97.0%

Loudoun County 94.0%

Fairfax County 91.2%

Arlington County 84.2%

Alexandria City 78.6%

Among individual high schools in the state, George Mason High School’s on-time graduation rate was the tenth highest in the state. Virginia has 327 public high schools and 131 public school divisions. The Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate is a cohort graduation rate that indicates the percentage of students who earn a Virginia Board of Education-approved diploma within four years of entering ninth grade for the first time. It is calculated using a formula endorsed in a 2005 compact signed by the nation’s governors and subsequently adopted by the Virginia General Assembly and Board of Education.