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District’s 2022 Graduation Rate Outpaces the State Average

District’s 2022 Graduation Rate Outpaces the State Average  

Posted on 1/13/2023 

The graduation rate for Palm Beach County’s District-operated schools exceeded the average for the State of Florida, and the six other large urban school districts in 2022, according to the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). 

The graduation rate for District-operated schools is 92.8%, an increase over the last comparable year of 2019 when it was 91.6%. Last year it was 95.9%. The decrease in the District’s graduation rate from last year is attributed primarily to the discontinuation of pandemic-related student State testing waivers that were in place in FY20 and FY21.

“I am extremely encouraged by the graduation performance of our Class of 2022, and expressed my gratitude to our dedicated high school principals," Superintendent Mike Burke said. “This graduation rate, when compared to our pre-pandemic rate, should be viewed as a victory, as detailed in the Executive Summary.”

  • From FY19 to FY22, District-operated schools showed an increase, or remained stable, in graduation rates for all subgroups. 

  • Twenty (83.3%) of the 24 District-operated high schools had graduation rates of 90% or higher.

  • Six schools (25%) increased their graduation rates relative to FY21, despite the removal of the FY20 and FY21 waiver for seniors.

  • Twelve schools (50%) increased their graduation rates relative to FY19 (the last comparable year).

  • Pahokee Middle-Senior High, Olympic Heights Community High, Spanish River Community High, Village Academy, Royal Palm School,and Palm Beach Virtual all earned a 100% graduation rate.

  • Students With Disabilities (SWD) over the last five years, FY18-FY22, have experienced a 7.1% increase.

For more detailed information on the District's graduation rates, read the FY22 Federal High School Graduation Rates Executive Summary.