According to the VDOE Report Card for the school (PDF), only 50% of Armstrong HS students graduate after 4 years. Franklin Military graduates 94% after 4 years (PDF). These numbers compare to 59% for all of RPS (PDF) and 86% statewide.
Of those that do graduate, over the past 3 years 9-15% at Armstrong have received an Advanced Diploma. Last year 37% at Franklin earned an Advanced Diploma. Statewide 55% of the diplomas earned by 2011 graduates were Advanced Studies Diplomas
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A press release went out from VDOE today touting the rise in statewide graduation rates:
Virginia’s on-time high school graduation rate rose one point this year to 86.6 percent, and the statewide dropout rate fell one point to 7.2 percent, according to data reported today by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Fifty-five percent of the diplomas earned by 2011 graduates were Advanced Studies Diplomas.
The 2011 on-time graduation rate expresses the percentage of students who were first-time ninth graders during the 2007-2008 school year and earned a Board of Education-approved diploma within four years. On-time graduation has increased by 4.5 points since 2008, the first year VDOE reported graduation rates for the state, school divisions and high schools based on student-level data that fully account for student mobility, promotion and retention.
“A one-point increase in the graduation rate means that nearly 1,000 more young Virginians are beginning their adult lives with the diploma they need to pursue further education and training or an entry-level job,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said. “The progress our schools have made in raising graduation rates is due the efforts of hundreds of teachers, counselors, principals and other educators across the commonwealth who refused to give up on even the most challenging students.”