The state Department of Education today released the latest figures on high school graduation rates, and San Mateo County schools have shown improvement since last year, especially , which made significant gains.
Overall, the graduation rate for the San Mateo Union High School District increased from 82 percent to 84 percent in 2011 while the dropout rate decreased from 12 percent to 11 percent. Statewide, 76 percents of high school seniors graduate and 14 percent drop out.
"The data released today reflects steady progress by local districts in keeping more students in school and on a successful trajectory leading to graduation," San Mateo County schools Superintendent Anne Campbell said in a statement. "While we still have work to do, the trend data continues to show improvement."
Capuchino High, which is in its second year of program improvement, saw big increases from last year.
In 2011, the school saw a 14 percent improvement in its graduation rate, with 92 percent of seniors matriculating. In 2010, that number had been 81 percent. Only 5.7 percent of the students dropped out.
Of significant note, according to the state and county education departments, is the large gains made among black, Latino, Filipino and Pacific Islander students.
Countywide, the graduation rate for Pacific Islander students increased by more than 10 percent. The dropout rate among students learning English as a second language decreased by nearly 7 percent.
At Cap, the graduation rate among all ethnic groups was 89 percent or higher. For African Americans—11 students—the rate was 100 percent. For Pacific Islanders, the rate was 90 percent, a significant increase from the year before, when only 65 percent of those students earned a diploma.
Schoolwide Graduation RateSchool Number of Seniors Number of Graduates Graduation Rate (%) Capuchino High 247 228 92.3
Graduation Rate by RaceRace Number of Seniors Number of Graduates Graduation Rate (%) Latino 82 73 89 Asian 27 25 92.6 Pacific Islander 19 17 89.5 Filipino 25 23 92 African American 11 11 100 White 68 64 94.1
To see the full list of data for Capuchino High, visit the California Department of Education's website.