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Still on the Rise!

FWPS graduation rate rises for seventh consecutive year
87% of the class of 2019 graduate college and career ready 

For seven consecutive years, Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) graduation rates have steadily increased. The district has hit a new all-time high in recent history with the Class of 2019 reaching 87%!

The Class of 2019 graduates have earned more than a high school diploma:

  • Collectively, they earned $17.42 million in scholarships.
  • 9 out of 10 scholars have post-secondary pursuits.
  • 231 scholars are the first in their families to graduate from high school.
  • 25% of 2019 graduates are the first in their families to attend college.
  • They graduated with a more rigorous credit requirement of 26 credits, 2 more than what the state requires.

From 2012 to 2019, the district’s four-year cohort graduation rates have increased by a total of 16.8 points. Additionally, the district’s five-year cohort graduation rates have risen each year from 74.4% in 2012 to 88.2% in 2018.

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

  • In the 2018-19 school year, 71% of all high school scholars took advanced coursework, with 92% of these scholars earning a passing grade.
  • 81% of scholars who attended a four-year postsecondary institution were continuously enrolled.
  • 63% of scholars enrolled in a two or four-year college program are out-performing the state average.

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 four 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, it helps ensure the 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.