VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Natalie Allen
Date: 10/4/22 Phone: 757.263.1313
News Release No. 004 Fax: 757.263.1010
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Despite challenges, VBCPS maintains high on-time graduation rate and overall low dropout rate

For the 14th consecutive year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has continued to maintain record levels with respect to the On-Time Graduation (OTG) rate, which stands at 94.9% for the 2022 cohort year, and a low dropout rate of 2.9%. VBCPS also outperformed Virginia's rates of 92.1% for OTG and 5.2% for dropouts.

"I have-and I know our community has-a significant amount of respect and praise for our educators and support staff who have continued to work so diligently to meet our students where they are, provide pathways for success and ensure that each one walks off the graduation stage ready for the next phase of their lives," said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. "I want to thank our families and the entire VBCPS community for the collaboration and support they give us. Together, our educators partner every day with our families and others to give each student the opportunities they need to be successful."

During Spence's 9-year tenure, the division's graduation rate has increased by 6.4 percentage points and the dropout rate has decreased by 1.9 percentage points.

On-time graduation and dropout rates for the Class of 2022 were released Sept. 29 by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), which has been tracking this information since 2008.

OTG rate is based on the percentage of students in a graduation cohort who earned a Board of Education-approved diploma within four years of entering high school. In addition to these new overall records, a closer look at VBCPS data reveals impressive gains in key areas:

  • The division's OTG has increased steadily from 84.2% in 2008 to 94.9% in 2022 and the dropout rate has decreased from 7% in 2008 to 2.9% in 2022.
  • Since 2018, the graduation rate for African-American students increased by 2.8 percentage points and the dropout rate decreased by 1.1 percentage points.
  • Students in the economically disadvantaged group increased their graduation rate from 93.6% to 95.7%.

Learn more about graduation and dropout rates by visiting the VDOE's website.

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