For the 3rd consecutive year, the graduation rate for David Douglas High School has gone up, and matches the historically high statewide average exceeding 80 percent. The graduation rate for David Douglas High, which includes Fir Ridge Campus, was 80.03% for the 2018-19 school year. The statewide average was also 80%.
Increases in graduation rates were seen by nearly all groups of students, based on race and income. Multi-racial students at DDHS had the largest increase, from 62.75% in the Class of 2018, up to 81.82% for the Class of 2019, exceeding the state average for multi-racial students.
Graduation rates for Asian students, black students and economically disadvantaged students all increased over the prior year, and all groups increased significantly over the Class of 2017, when the overall graduation rate at DDHS was 72%.
Latinx students declined slightly in 2018-19, to 73.3%, down from 78% in 2017-18, but still up from 65% in 2016-17.
The David Douglas graduation rate goal is 83%, and the District took a significant step toward that goal last year. David Douglas High School Principal John Bier attributed the increase to work by staff and recent initiatives.
“We have a terrific staff that builds relationships with kids,” he said. “You know when you do that, you make a big school small.”
An increase in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses funded through Measure 98 also played a role. Mr. Bier pointed out that more than 90% of students who take CTE courses graduate.
Increased emphasis on engaging individual students and attendance also help, he said. “Advisory has been a really big thing to, again, individualize students,” Mr. Bier said.