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Guam high school graduation rate up, hits 82%

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The high school graduation rate for the Guam Department of Education has reached a seven-year high, the GDOE announced Tuesday.

During the last school year, 82 percent of high school students graduated, up from 79 percent the previous year.

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John F. Kennedy High School graduated 342 seniors during the school’s commencement ceremony at the Tamuning school’s campus on June 9.  Photo by Tihu Lujan/The Guam Daily Post

The graduation rate increased by 13 percent from six years ago, when 69 percent of seniors finished high school.

In the most recent school year, the department exceeded its graduation rate goal for 2020.

“GDOE had a goal of reaching an 80 percent graduation rate by 2020.... We have already met and exceeded that goal,” GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said.

There were 2,054 graduates this past school year, versus 1,945 graduates in school year 2015-2016.

Conversely, the high school dropout rate decreased from 283 in school year 2015-2016 to 243 students the following school year.

The high school student population for these school years is also comparable, hovering at around 10,000 students.

“We hope to continue to increase the rate at which our students are graduating from high school, and are excited that more students are obtaining their diplomas and going on to tackle college and career opportunities,” Fernandez stated.

GDOE points to intervention and student retention programs, such as the ninth grade academy, the opening of the J.P. Torres Success Academy and various programs at the Student Support Services Division, as reasons behind the increase.