Fulton County Schools Posts Highest Recorded District Graduation Rate in 2022

  • Posted 10/6/2022

    Grad RatesIn 2022, Fulton County Schools’ (FCS) achieved its highest-ever graduation rate and exceeded state scores by 5.2 points according to a report by the Georgia Department of Education. While the state reached 84.1 percent, FCS increased results to 89.3 percent, ranking among the highest graduation rates for Atlanta metro school districts. Additionally, FCS rates rose 1.6 percent from 2021, making this the second consecutive banner year, continuing the steady improvement in graduation rates since 2012.

    “We are so proud of our incredible students, teachers and administrators who have pulled through two extremely challenging years showing tenacity in the face of uncertainty,” said Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney. “Fulton County Schools continues to concentrate our efforts on recovery and progress with the goal of graduation always in our sights.”

    Four high schools posted graduation rates at or above 97 percent. Including these, FCS reported a total of seven schools above 96 percent.


    School 2022 Graduation Rate
    Cambridge High School 98.1
    Riverwood High School 97.5
    Northview High School 97.2
    Milton High School 97.1
    Alpharetta High School 96.9
    Chattahoochee High School 96.6
    Johns Creek High School 96.6


    Of the 19 district high schools, 11 made gains from 2021 to 2022. Increases were shown across the board in all but one demographic subcategory. Creekside High School and Riverwood International Charter School showed the most significant one-year gains.


    School Gain
    Creekside High School 4.1
    Riverwood High School 4.0


    FCS has made intentional investments in post-pandemic learning recovery programs that are now producing encouraging outcomes. Beginning with communicating high expectations during COVID, both in remote learning and transition back to in-person learning, teachers and administrators employed effective processes for managing learning with an emphasis on support. These included monitoring failure rates every nine weeks, ensuring there was a specific plan of support. This summer yielded record attendance in the summer school program illustrating the high priority the community places on learning and growth. Additional opportunities were provided for students to recover grades and course credit as well as a tight process around withdrawals and potential dropouts.

    “We are seeing results of perseverance and collaboration in our district, and we couldn’t be more pleased” said Board President Julia Bernath. “We commend our community members for working together to sustain success.”