Metro Schools See Increase in Graduation Rates
More students are completing high school with growth in several demographic subgroups
An increasing number of Metro Nashville Public Schools students graduated from high school during the 2018-2019 school year - marking growth of nearly two percentage points over the previous year. Overall, 82.4 percent of all students completed requirements for graduation, a jump from 80.2 percent.
In addition, several demographic subgroups of students saw significant gains. African-American students slightly outpaced the district overall with an 82.8 percent graduation rate and Hispanic students grew to 76.3 percent. Asian students jumped from 91.6 percent to 93.8 percent; Pacific Islanders saw a rise from 93.3 percent to 100 percent; and students with disabilities increased from 75.7 percent to 78 percent; and students who were homeless in Nashville rose from 61.9 percent to 66.2 percent.
Several high schools saw graduation rates exceed 90 percent, including:
East Nashville Magnet High School
Hillsboro High School
Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School
Middle College High
Nashville School of the Arts
Hume-Fogg High School and Nashville Big Picture High School attained 100 percent graduation rates.
“This is good news for our students and families,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle, MNPS interim Director of Schools. “Our goal is to ensure students are prepared for college, career and life. This is proof that the hard work of our administrators, teachers and staff are helping students achieve the knowledge and skills needed to begin plotting their bright futures.”
Dr. Michael Steele, principal of Stratford STEM Magnet High School, echoed the excitement over the graduation rate increase, saying he is pleased to see gains from his students.
Stratford’s graduation rate for all students etched up 85.5 percent from 81.5 percent in the previous year. He said the biggest gains were among African-American students whose 87.5 percent graduation rate exceeded all other subgroups.
"I am so proud of our teachers, staff, students and parents,” Steele said. “This is my tenth year at Stratford, and this school and community are amazing. We love our students, and are so proud of them, and maintain our mission to help them find excellence in their lives.”
The district realizes there is more work to do, and will be placing emphasis on schools still below 80 percent to implement strategies such as to help elevate results.