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Graduation Rate Up. Again.

Three High Schools Have Commanding Graduation Rates of 90% or More
Dropout Rate Cut in Half

(February 10, 2017) Today, the New York State Education Department released the 2016 graduation rates.  “I am pleased to report that Yonkers Public Schools’ graduation rate is up again to 82%,” announced Yonkers Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez.  “Once again, Yonkers outperformed New York’s Big 5 school districts, and is higher than the statewide August rate of 81%.”

According to Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools, “Our June 2016 graduation rate is up 4 percentage points from last year to 78% and the August graduation rate went up again by 4 percentage points, graduating 82% of the Class of 2016, 1,475 students graduating on time.  And, our dropout rate is down to 4%, half of what it was last year, and 2 percentage points lower than the statewide average of 6%.  I credit this success to the relentless commitment of our high school administrators and teachers who are relentless in their efforts to ensure that students are moving toward graduation and parents/guardians are kept informed of their child’s progress.  There has been a greater focus on school data teams and school guidance counselors to systematically review students’ transcripts and the information provided by the District’s Early Warning System.”

Five of eight high schools improved the percentage of students graduating in the 2012 Cohort compared to the previous year and three schools have commanding graduation rates of 90% or more

  • Gorton High School: 74%
  • Lincoln High School: 79%
  • Palisade Preparatory School: 86%
  • Riverside High School: 74%
  • Roosevelt High School – Early College Studies: 86%
  • Saunders Trades & Technical High School: 95%
  • Yonkers Middle High School: 90%
  • Yonkers Montessori Academy: 94%



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