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Grad rate reaches a new all-time high of 88.2% for Class of 2020

For eight consecutive years, Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) graduation rates have steadily increased. The district has hit another new all-time high in recent history with 88.2% of scholars graduating on time for the Class of 2020. That’s a full 18 points higher than the graduation rate from 2012.

The district continues to see success when preparing students for life beyond high school. Highlights include:

  • In the 2019-20 school year, 76% of all high school scholars took advanced coursework.
  • 87% of scholars who attended a four-year postsecondary institution were continuously enrolled.
  • 60% of scholars from the class of 2018 enrolled in a two or four-year college program within the first year after graduation.

Increased graduation rates over an extended period of time takes dedication and a focus on each student. This intentionality supports district goal 5 Persistence to Graduation and is demonstrated through:

  • A Graduation Assurance Committee that started five years ago by Superintendent Dr. Campbell that has been expanded at every high school. The committee includes central office staff, high school principals and designated school-based staff who monitor students who are not on track to graduate. Through partnerships with students and families, this committee helps ensure students are on track to persist to graduation.
  • The district’s continuous monitoring of data identifies if students are on track to graduate and intervenes as needed to keep them on track. This includes tracking credit accrual beginning in the ninth grade.

FWPS is setting its goal higher for the years to come with 95% of the senior class graduating on time by 2022.