This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
The Notebook‘s upcoming April edition on the city’s continuing dropout crisis will report a 56 percent on-time graduation rate for the class of 2009 (students who entered 9th grade for the first time in 2005). Disappointingly, that’s down one point from the previous year.
But that citywide on-time graduation rate figure does not capture the vast differences in graduation rates among schools, with percentages at Masterman, CAPA, and GAMP in the high 90s, while South Philadelphia and Kensington Culinary have percentages in the 20s.
At 22 of the District’s neighborhood high schools, less than half of what should have been the class of 2009 actually graduated by 2009.
The rates shown here are "cohort graduation rates for the class of 2009, with students attributed to the school where they started 9th grade in 2005.
|Creative And Performing Arts||95.5%|
|H.S. Of Engineering & Science||92.1%|
|Parkway Center City||84.7%|
|Phila. Mil. Acad. At Elverson||80.8%|
|Swenson Arts & Technology||80.0%|
|Phila Hs For Business & Tech||72.4%|
|Phila. Mil. Acad At Leeds||71.4%|
|Widener Memorial School||22.7%|