Pasco Graduation Rates Above State Average
Land O’ Lakes’ two high schools don’t have the highest rates in the county, but they’re near the top.
More than 88 percent of Pasco County’s high school seniors successfully made it to graduation day last year.
That news, released by the Florida Department of Education today, has Pasco County school officials celebrating. Pasco’s Florida Graduation Rate number of 88.5 percent beats the state’s 81.2 percent average handily. The county also beat state graduation averages, according to the National Governors Association, which rated the county at 85.5 percent, which tops the state’s overall average of 80.1 percent based on that calculation scale.
“Pasco is fortunate to have an incredible team of talented educators working each and every day to ensure that all children are prepared for success in the 21st century,” said Pasco’s school Superintendent Heather Fiorentino in a media release. “Graduation is one the most fundamental milestones in that preparation.”
The county has five high schools that boast a graduation rate of 90 percent or higher. They are:
- Wiregrass Ranch (92.1%)
- J.W. Mitchell (90.6%)
- Pasco (90.6%)
- Wesley Chapel (90.6%)
- River Ridge (90.2%)
Land O’ Lakes High School had a graduation rate of 87.6 percent in the 2010-11 school year. Sunlake seniors graduated at a rate of 86.1 percent.
The dropout rates at both schools were also released. Land O' Lakes has a rate of 0.6 percent and Sunlake falls in at 1 percent.
Fiorentino credits a team approach for the district’s success with increased graduation rates. Most schools within the county did see their rates improve from 2009-10 to 2010-11.
“Our teams, led by administrators and supported by Supervisor Ramon Suarez, review data of at-risk students on a daily basis and work closely with students and their families to provide intervention and support services at the first sign of difficulty,” Fiorentino said. “Their aggressive, proactive approach is having a profound impact on the lives of students and is reflected in our district’s performance.”