FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne Community Schools is celebrating another year of improved graduation rates.
For the 2012-2013 school year, the FWCS graduation rate was 90.7 percent, an increase of 3 percent from the prior school year.
FWCS has seen an increase in graduation rate every year since 2006-2007, the farthest back data is displayed on the Indiana Department of Education website. The 90.7 percent graduation rate for 2012-2013 beats the state average by nearly 2 percent.
“We are proud of the work being done by our students and staff and support we receive from parents, the Board of School Trustees and the community to make sure our students graduate,” FWCS Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said in an email.
Wayne High School saw the largest jump with a gain of nearly ten percentage points, according to an email from the district.
Northrop High School and Snider High School also saw increases. FWCS said Snider has the highest graduation rate of any public high school in Allen County at 96.2 percent.
“This increase in graduation rates shows that the reforms we have put into place, the training we have provided staff members and the partnerships we have developed with businesses and community organizations have made a difference in the lives of students,” Dr. Robinson said.
FWCS graduation rates by year:
2013: 90.7 percent
2012: 88.6 percent
2011: 88.2 percent
2010: 85.5 percent
2009: 83.2 percent
2008: 79.0 percent
2007: 75.3 percent
The graduation rate at Southwest Allen County Schools also exceeded the state average. Homestead High School graduated 94.5 percent of its Class of 2013. In 2012, SACS graduated 94.6 percent and has routinely exceeded the state average.
Northwest Allen County Schools graduated 95.6 percent of its students in 2013. In 2012, NACS graduated 97.2 percent of its students. The 2012 graduate rate was the highest for the district in the past seven years. NACS also regularly exceeds the state average for graduation rates.
East Allen County Schools graduated 87 percent of its seniors last year, the lowest graduation rate for the district since 2008 when the district only graduated 81.3 percent. For 2013, the graduation rate dropped for the first time since 2010.
For 2013, Woodlan High School graduated 87.5 percent, Heritage High School graduated 87.2 percent, Leo High School graduated 95.1 percent, and New Haven High School graduated 80.1 percent.
EACS year-by-year graduation rates:
2013: 87 percent
2012: 88.9 percent
2011: 88.1 percent
2010: 87.5 percent
2009: 89.3 percent
2008: 81.3 percent
2007: 81.3 percent
Of the five private high schools in Allen County, Blackhawk Christian ranks at the top with a perfect graduation class in 2013.
Blackhawk Christian: 100 percent
Concordia Lutheran: 99.4 percent
Bishop Dwenger: 98.8 percent
Bishop Luers: 97.1 percent
Canterbury: 92.4 percent (Canterbury School officials said Thursday that the state number is incorrect. Officials said they graduated 100 percent of their students last year and do every year. Canterbury officials didn’t elaborate why there’s a discrepancy with their number and the state’s number.)
To view information about your school, click here for the Indiana Department of Education website. By entering your school’s name, you can view graduation rates and a wealth of other data.