FCPS Releases 2023 Graduation and Dropout Rates

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Frederick County Public Schools is proud to share the Class of 2023 graduation and dropout rates: 

Graduation Rate: Overall, the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate for the Class of 2023 remained steady and strong at 93.1%. Nearly 3,200 diplomas were earned from FCPS high school students in 2023. 

The FCPS graduation rate is over seven percentage points higher than the state’s overall graduation rate, ranking it first among districts with more than 30,000 students. It is also consistently above the national average.

“This progress isn’t possible without the support of every FCPS employee and our community,” FCPS Superintendent Dr. Cheryl L. Dyson said. “This support gives students opportunities to graduate and excel in their future endeavors.”

From 2022 to 2023, the four-year graduation rate jumped by over 13% for students experiencing housing insecurity and increased by almost 8% for students receiving Free and Reduced Meals. The rate also increased by approximately 3% for Hispanic/Latino students. The 2023 graduation rate for Black/African American students and students of two or more races mirrors the overall FCPS graduate rate of 93%, thus indicating an elimination of the achievement gap on this particular metric.

Graduation is the culmination of the FCPS Learning Journey, and our goal is for all students to be college and career ready before graduation. 

Dropout Rate: Overall, the four-year adjusted dropout rate for the Class of 2023 declined by almost one-half percent to 3.3%. FCPS continues to have one of the lowest dropout rates in the state. 

Cohort graduation and dropout rates follow a set group of students from freshman year through their senior year.

For more information, visit the state website: https://reportcard.msde.maryland.gov/