Graduation Rates

  • Jan. 13, 2023

    The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) released graduation rates for the 2021-2022 school year. Pinellas County Schools continues to outpace the state with an overall graduation rate of 88.1 compared to Florida’s overall rate of 87.3. Pinellas also continues to rank highly among the state’s ten largest districts, ranking just behind the Palm Beach (89) and Miami-Dade (88.2) school districts.

    In a conference call with the FDOE, Commissioner Manny Diaz and Deputy Chancellor Paul Burns celebrated that the state’s overall graduation rate was similar to pre-pandemic levels. Pinellas County’s rate of 88.1 is also in line with pre-pandemic graduation rates, showing that the district’s recovery efforts have been effective at mitigating the effects of COVID-related learning loss.

     

    Ten Largest Districts in Florida

    Palm Beach County

    89.0%

    Miami-Dade County

    88.2 %

    Pinellas County

    88.1 %

    Hillsborough County

    87.9 %

    Brevard County

    87.2 %

    Broward County

    87.2 %

    Orange County

    87.0 %

    Duval County

    85.6%

    Lee County

    82.5 %

    Polk County

    78.3 %

     

    While concerning, the decline in graduation rates across the state is not unexpected due to the elimination of the COVID testing waivers offered to seniors in 2020 and 2021. Students in the Class of 2022 not only had to meet more rigorous standards but also endured the most disruption brought on by the pandemic.

    “I take all declines in our graduation rate seriously, however, I am very proud that Pinellas County Schools’ students continue to be competitive across the state,” said Superintendent Kevin K. Hendrick.  “Our educators and administrators have the resources required to address the needs of our students, and I am confident we will return to seeing gains in future graduation rates, even as requirements for graduation become more difficult.”

    Both Gibbs and Palm Harbor University high schools improved their graduation rates, and seven additional schools maintained their rate from 2020-2021 within one percentage point.

     

    School

    2021

    2022

    School

    2021

    2022

    Boca Ciega High School

    95.5

    88.9

    Largo High School

    96.5

    91.4

    Clearwater High School

    96.1

    95.2

    Northeast High School

    98.1

    94.1

    Countryside High School

    95.9

    95.9

    Osceola Fundamental High School

    99.7

    99.5

    Dunedin High School

    97.2

    93.8

    Palm Harbor University High School

    99.5

    99.7

    East Lake High School

    100

    99.2

    Pinellas Park High School

    97.9

    94.8

    Gibbs High School

    90.6

    91.7

    Seminole High School

    99

    97.2

    Hollins High School

    94.7

    92.0

    St. Petersburg High School

    99

    98

    Jacobson Technical High

    100

    97.8

    Tarpon Springs High School

    97.7

    97.7

    Lakewood High School

    95.5

    94.8

     

     

     

     

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