Jan. 4, 2022
Pinellas County Schools is celebrating another record-high graduation rate for the 2020-2021 school year, despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the official report released today by the Florida Department of Education, the Pinellas County Schools graduation rate rose to 92%, up one half a percentage point from last year’s record high, and over 20 percentage points since 2013. Pinellas also continues to lead the state with the highest graduation rate among Florida’s ten largest public school districts, and also leads the Tampa Bay area school districts.
The district continues to focus increased resources on its Bridging the Gap plan, which once again resulted in the district’s highest graduation rate among Black students and the lowest gap in district history.
- The graduation rate among Black students for 2020-2021 rose to 86.3%, up nearly a full percentage point from the previous year and 29.9 percentage points since the 2012-13 school year.
- When the Bridging the Gap plan was instituted, the graduation gap between black and non-black students was 18 percentage points. This gap decreased again in 2020-2021 to 6.8 percentage points.
There continues to be no gap between the Hispanic and overall graduation rates, with the Hispanic graduation rate also at 92%.
“I am thrilled for our students, staff and families” said Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Michael Grego. “The 2020-21 school year was like no other we have experienced. The continued acceleration in our graduation rates is a testament to the hard work, dedication and innovation of everyone associated with Pinellas County Schools. When schools were closed in March 2020, our district didn’t stop teaching and our students did not stop learning. Thank you to everyone who doubled and tripled their efforts to ensure Pinellas County Schools students had a successful 2020-2021 year.”
In addition to increased graduation rates, more students continue to take advanced placement courses, with 15,788 AP exams taken in 2021. Pinellas County Schools 2021 graduates were accepted to a variety of top-ranked post-secondary institutions, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Vanderbilt, Bethune Cookman, John Hopkins, Duke, Rice, the U.S. Naval Academy, Pinellas Technical College and all Florida universities.
Additional 2020-2021 highlights include:
- Pinellas outpaced the state graduation rate by nearly two full percentage points.
- The graduation rate for ESE students rose nearly two percentage points, to 83.8%, outpacing the state’s rate of 82.3%
- East Lake High School and Richard O. Jacobson Technical High School had 100% graduation rates, and Palm Harbor University, St. Petersburg and Seminole High Schools each posted 99% or better (99.5%, 99% and 99% respectively).
- Of traditional high schools, Largo High School showed the greatest improvement in its graduation rate, with an increase of 3 percentage points.
- Lealman Innovation Academy, an alternative school, had the highest year-over-year graduation rate increase, advancing from 82.1% to 89.8%.
- All traditional high schools earned graduation rates over 90% in 2020-2021.
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Largo High School
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Countryside High School
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Dunedin High School
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East Lake High School
Pinellas Park High School
Gibbs High School
Seminole High School
Hollins High School
St. Petersburg High School
Jacobson Technical High School
Tarpon Springs High School
Lakewood High School
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2022 Graduation Dates, Times, Locations
Pinellas County Schools is currently planning for traditional graduation ceremonies following all health and safety protocols, event guidelines and Major League Baseball schedules. All graduation dates, times and locations are subject to change, based on CDC recommendations and state and local health and safety guidelines.