- Fulton County Schools
Fulton's Graduation Rate Increases from 2018
FCS Shows 0.4% Increase to 87.2% Overall
Data released by the Georgia Department of Education shows an increase in Fulton County Schools' graduation rate of 0.4 percentage points making 87.2 percent for 2019. The district's rate is the highest it has ever been, and 14 out of 19 Fulton high schools saw an increase in the graduation rate from 2018, up from eight out of 19 schools last year. Fulton's graduation rate continues to exceed the state average by 5.2 percent.
"The data shows that our district made progress on this front last year," district Superintendent Mike Looney said. "We intend to celebrate the hard work of our schools. We intend to remain laser focused on ensuring that this trend continues so that we can witness all of our students walk across the high school stage with a well-earned high school diploma. We haven't arrived yet."
Chattahoochee High School posted a graduation rate of 97.9 percent, the highest in the district; Cambridge High School’s rate of 97.6 reflects a 2.5 percent increase. Three other schools also posted graduation rates above 95 percent: Northview High School, 97 percent; Johns Creek High School, 96.3 percent; and Milton High School, 95.4 percent.
Twelve high schools posted graduation rates of more than 90%: Alpharetta High School, 93.5%; Cambridge High School, 97.6%; Centennial High School, 92.3%; Chattahoochee High School, 97.9%; Hapeville Career Academy, 92.2%; Johns Creek High School, 96.3%; Milton High School, 95.4%; North Springs High School, 93.1%; Northview High School, 97.0%; Riverwood International High School, 91.7%; Roswell High School, 90.8%; and Westlake High School, 92.3%.
Banneker High School had the largest one-year gain, increasing their graduation rate by 5.8 percentage points from 75.9 percent in 2018 to 81.7 percent in 2019. Creekside High School and Skyview High School followed with a 3.8 percent increase. North Springs Charter High School and Tri-Cities High Schools had a 3.1 percent increase. Other notable increases include Alpharetta High School (+0.7%), Cambridge High School (+0.3), Centennial High School (+0.6), Independence High School (+2.1%), Langston Hughes High School (+2.4%), Northview High School (0.6%), Roswell High School (+2.0%) and Westlake High School (+0.8%).
About the Graduation Rate Report
This is the ninth year the Georgia Department of Education has calculated the graduation rate using the adjusted cohort rate, which is required by the U.S. Department of Education. The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student first becomes a freshman. It is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. In contrast, Georgia’s former graduation rate calculation defined the cohort upon graduation, which may have included students who took more than four years to graduate.