NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Good news for students at New Rochelle High School -- graduation rates are continuing to climb, with an average rate of 86 percent.
According to Principal Reginald Richardson, who shared the good news with the Board of Education last week, he expects the rate to continue to climb this school year as well.
During the meeting, Richardson presented graduation numbers for segments of the student population broken down by factors such as race and economic need. The rates for all segments improved from the prior year. Notably, economically disadvantaged students graduated at a rate of 83 percent, only 3 percentage points lower than the student body average.
In addition, there has been a steady increase in graduation rates over the past decade at New Rochelle High School. Overall, graduation rates are up from 78 percent in 2007-08 to 86 percent in 2015-16. This rise has occurred while, demographically, the student body shifted to include a higher number of students of color, students with disabilities and students who are economically disadvantaged, Richardson said.
"We were able to make progress in the midst of these demographic trends thanks to great teaching and partnerships with community programs aimed at helping at-risk populations," Richardson said. "All our kids have the ability to succeed. Some just need additional support."
Richardson said while he's pleased with the progress that's been made, his goal is to attain a graduation rate of at least 90 percent.