Rochester, N.Y. – Children’s advocates say there are stories of success in the Rochester City School District, however there exist wide differences in outcomes within the district’s various schools.
ROC the Future released its annual State of Our Children report, which focuses on crucial achievements and needs for students in the school district.
The report found significant gains for overall graduation rates within the district, with a 63% graduation rate in 2018, and a projected 68% in 2020 – up 20 points from 2013. Four high schools graduated more than 80% of their students. There was, however, a caveat.
“Many of Rochester’s schools are succeeding and preparing their students well for life after high school. However, the largest high school graduated only 52% of their students, and the lowest school graduated 30%,” explained Stephanie Townsend of ROC the Future. “We have to make sure that all children, no matter what school they attend, no matter where they live, succeed, and we look forward to working with the Rochester City School District on this goal that I know we all share.”
The graduation rates are the same among Black and Latino students. ROC the future says four high schools had 80% graduation rates.