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High School Cohort Graduation Rate

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High School Cohort Graduation Rate

What does this measure?

The number of students graduating on time (after four years of high school), as a percentage of their cohort. The cohort is the class of ninth-graders beginning high school together.

Why is this important?

High school graduation is the culmination of a successful K-12 education and the gateway to college or employment. Students who do not graduate face the prospect of unemployment or low-paying jobs.

How is the region performing?

The region's 88% graduation rate for the class of 2021 was similar to the state rate (excluding NYC). The graduation rate was highest in Putman County (94%) followed by Orange (89%). Graduation rates have increased 9 percentage points in the region, up from 79% in the class of 2009.

Graduation rates were lowest in Poughkeepsie (58%) in Dutchess, Ellenville in Ulster (72%), and Fallsburg in Sullivan (74%). The highest rates (95% or higher) were Pawling Central in Dutchess and Chester Union Free in Orange (both at 95%), Cornwall Central and Warwick Valley in Orange, Kinderhook Central in Columbia, Highland Central in Ulster and Mahopac Central in Putnam (all at 96%), Putnam Valley Central in Putnam (98%), Haldane Central in Putnam (99%) and Tuxedo Union Free in Orange (at 100%).

Notes about the data

Data for earlier years were not comparable because cohorts were not tracked in the same way. These figures reflect graduates in August, which includes students who made up courses during summer and graduated. The state also presents the figure for graduates in June.

High School Cohort Graduation Rate
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021
Region79%81%82%82%84%85%85%87%86%87%86%88%88%
Columbia County76%78%77%76%80%82%84%81%83%83%86%87%87%
Dutchess County78%79%80%83%82%84%84%86%86%86%85%88%87%
Greene County80%81%79%77%82%84%85%84%87%91%84%88%82%
Orange County80%83%84%84%85%86%87%89%87%88%87%88%89%
Putnam County91%91%90%91%92%91%91%92%93%91%92%92%94%
Sullivan County73%73%76%75%78%76%79%83%78%82%80%81%82%
Ulster County75%78%80%80%82%82%84%86%86%85%86%88%87%
NYS (excluding NYC)80%82%83%84%84%85%86%86%86%86%87%88%89%
Columbia School Districts
Berkshire Union FreeN/A22%15%0%0%0%13%9%N/A0%0%N/AN/A
Chatham Central88%88%93%84%89%92%88%89%89%87%91%94%91%
Germantown Central83%80%77%79%75%86%86%95%82%87%80%93%90%
Hudson City59%63%61%59%69%72%77%72%79%81%80%80%81%
Kinderhook Central80%83%83%82%84%88%87%81%87%83%94%96%96%
New Lebanon Central87%84%83%85%92%97%88%93%75%90%87%92%93%
Taconic Hills Central77%82%80%83%83%81%83%85%82%84%81%75%81%
Dutchess School Districts
Arlington Central82%84%86%89%88%91%87%89%88%90%88%91%91%
Beacon City77%74%73%71%72%80%79%86%83%83%84%88%91%
Dover Union Free75%75%78%80%85%80%89%89%84%84%80%84%81%
Hyde Park Central72%76%66%81%76%75%80%82%79%82%81%88%81%
Millbrook Central89%86%91%89%89%89%88%85%92%91%88%96%89%
Northeast Central79%71%74%81%84%91%87%79%84%91%82%87%80%
Pawling Central85%91%90%89%91%95%95%89%92%88%92%93%95%
Pine Plains Central68%72%81%73%80%71%83%83%88%83%83%89%77%
Poughkeepsie City55%57%58%61%53%58%60%60%67%55%54%60%58%
Red Hook Central82%83%85%91%85%89%86%84%84%90%96%91%93%
Rhinebeck Central89%88%91%89%91%86%93%91%92%95%94%93%90%
Spackenkill Union Free91%89%90%95%90%93%95%95%96%94%92%90%93%
Wappingers Central80%82%84%84%88%87%85%90%90%91%90%94%94%
Greene School Districts
Cairo-Durham Central77%77%80%76%76%80%82%82%81%89%83%92%80%
Catskill Central73%77%70%70%80%76%85%83%90%91%90%91%90%
Coxsackie-Athens Central83%79%81%85%85%90%86%82%87%88%88%82%86%
Greenville Central83%91%84%71%84%86%81%88%90%95%89%87%91%
Hunter-Tannersville Central84%84%86%86%88%94%96%78%82%95%89%85%91%
Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central91%80%76%90%91%91%97%97%92%85%0%95%0%
Orange School Districts
Chester Union Free84%85%90%85%90%91%88%89%88%93%92%90%95%
Cornwall Central91%94%92%94%91%97%94%95%93%98%94%96%96%
Florida Union Free87%97%94%97%97%93%95%97%95%88%88%97%90%
Goshen Central90%90%92%90%87%86%89%94%89%90%91%96%94%
Highland Falls Central92%92%88%82%81%88%90%90%93%92%88%87%86%
Kiryas Joel Village Union FreeN/AN/AN/AN/A0%N/A0%N/AN/A0%0%0%0%
Middletown City75%79%77%76%79%81%79%83%81%84%80%83%88%
Minisink Valley Central85%89%89%93%90%93%88%91%93%91%92%89%93%
Monroe-Woodbury Central88%92%93%92%92%93%93%94%93%93%94%91%91%
Newburgh City64%64%69%69%72%74%76%81%74%81%73%78%76%
Pine Bush Central80%87%84%84%84%84%88%91%89%90%93%91%92%
Port Jervis City70%73%73%72%77%76%82%83%81%84%82%86%77%
Tuxedo Union Free83%93%93%93%91%95%94%96%94%90%90%100%100%
Valley Central80%86%84%84%83%86%88%87%93%88%90%92%91%
Warwick Valley Central83%93%92%93%95%95%96%93%93%95%93%95%96%
Washingtonville Central89%93%92%92%93%94%94%95%97%93%95%94%94%
Putnam School Districts
Brewster Central92%90%91%91%94%95%88%92%94%87%87%88%91%
Carmel Central88%89%89%91%91%92%91%89%90%89%91%92%92%
Haldane Central89%98%96%92%94%98%96%97%96%99%97%93%99%
Mahopac Central93%92%89%92%93%88%91%93%95%95%95%94%96%
Putnam Valley Central92%90%92%86%89%90%94%96%90%94%95%97%98%
Sullivan School Districts
Eldred Central83%78%82%89%83%93%82%88%80%81%90%88%87%
Fallsburg Central67%62%64%69%78%65%69%76%69%74%68%79%74%
Liberty Central62%66%71%61%71%70%69%77%71%69%69%77%78%
Livingston Manor Central81%74%76%71%86%79%87%82%81%71%75%74%88%
Monticello Central69%71%75%76%73%71%77%83%78%87%87%83%82%
Sullivan West Central82%84%83%82%88%85%87%94%90%91%86%90%86%
Tri-Valley Central83%81%84%79%82%85%88%79%81%82%76%75%85%
Ulster School Districts
Ellenville Central80%80%76%70%83%73%72%75%80%73%83%81%72%
Highland Central87%85%90%82%90%84%87%91%95%89%89%93%96%
Kingston City63%70%72%71%75%78%81%81%81%79%81%87%80%
Marlboro Central85%84%86%93%92%87%90%92%91%92%91%91%94%
New Paltz Central84%88%94%91%93%91%93%94%93%96%93%94%93%
Onteora Central78%78%83%87%86%86%87%89%88%87%91%87%88%
Rondout Valley Central80%85%90%86%83%90%85%94%89%88%86%88%91%
Saugerties Central79%75%76%75%73%78%80%78%82%80%87%84%84%
Wallkill Central75%76%77%84%81%83%88%87%88%88%90%90%91%

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Years denote 12th grade year for cohort.




Number of High School Graduates
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021
Region12,49412,51412,76312,37612,30611,93211,96211,93011,46311,66611,44311,47411,573
Columbia County585584559527556525542458483505468455454
Dutchess County3,1093,1983,2073,1033,1323,1123,0783,0982,9173,0322,9102,8972,963
Greene County517471502481463466450444396432400394396
Orange County4,4114,5364,6794,5524,5224,2874,4264,3954,3324,2854,2544,3694,405
Putnam County1,2961,2411,2721,2191,2691,2251,2191,2331,1651,1671,1521,1471,138
Sullivan County686659665683612614570627582613647558599
Ulster County1,8901,8251,8791,8111,7521,7031,6771,6751,5881,6321,6121,6541,618
NYS (excluding NYC)118,691119,983119,406118,278117,903116,007114,943115,541115,849117,003116,241118,142118,506
Columbia School Districts
Berkshire Union FreeN/A2200011N/A00N/AN/A
Chatham Central1119810090102107102877792836777
Germantown Central57474446423637353226373846
Hudson City100116108951121251109312012594108105
Kinderhook Central145151166151145141146117136129138132116
New Lebanon Central45433335463343382736263428
Taconic Hills Central12712710611010983103879197907682
Dutchess School Districts
Arlington Central728747758750724791733747688759624672690
Beacon City198233219184204212187210177166205208204
Dover Union Free1291101081011029811296851088110491
Hyde Park Central300281245283296254277269253267298233255
Millbrook Central108999399918393888677846677
Northeast Central65415060466440544753414544
Pawling Central10012110093961011001088885889499
Pine Plains Central82798278826550636373647048
Poughkeepsie City184189184191171181189174195159188185180
Red Hook Central143161170181159157164135140155154145168
Rhinebeck Central8310010193968381959490947976
Spackenkill Union Free12814813212612712812514311413712398119
Wappingers Central861889965864938895927916887903866898912
Greene School Districts
Cairo-Durham Central12010411792969297968189867880
Catskill Central8310011510810610411498921059610289
Coxsackie-Athens Central11598113122108114114109979110688104
Greenville Central10810489848895728981104818393
Hunter-Tannersville Central52414337353224212320312330
Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central392425383029293122230200
Orange School Districts
Chester Union Free667688686479749786118699699
Cornwall Central266276272302253278259275263261264265284
Florida Union Free53745976636262716244536754
Goshen Central226216237243219223202218214226234251220
Highland Falls Central121103127119122831179410911011411392
Kiryas Joel Village Union FreeN/AN/AN/AN/A0N/A0N/AN/A0000
Middletown City408404419433435450463447444431444508538
Minisink Valley Central323377350347358318318314318328317301310
Monroe-Woodbury Central551545580572584515535537587546578526580
Newburgh City651637625610639589622642588645590671662
Pine Bush Central400454437414435413436443418381431409407
Port Jervis City201205208196190171182176178180159163156
Tuxedo Union Free10080103105969183271728191316
Valley Central336345361335340325340331352340311320336
Warwick Valley Central321382428355348354372338362326321293325
Washingtonville Central388362385377376336351367331318350373326
Putnam School Districts
Brewster Central264272294270300258294279253263228242253
Carmel Central364353375358343344314333327332328336320
Haldane Central58817467728477746571866570
Mahopac Central436396396399407389388391372365367363353
Putnam Valley Central174139133125147150146156148136143141142
Sullivan School Districts
Eldred Central53574763455445524139434234
Fallsburg Central86667572806267816979737775
Liberty Central90939810083887781868211295102
Livingston Manor Central39393132304526323427182336
Monticello Central196201215205190185164202183213230162192
Sullivan West Central10510999112989095897385888163
Tri-Valley Central95738879727571707473676178
Ulster School Districts
Ellenville Central1081151129512095931121188710310087
Highland Central132161135130155137140133122143132124128
Kingston City456438469453412434398421383398432451433
Marlboro Central167154164180178141137179138153145145129
New Paltz Central185189199179171162184184183185173193215
Onteora Central1591311381311251231109592102949398
Rondout Valley Central205199222172146166138162143142126145146
Saugerties Central232211203210195204219157183200201166175
Wallkill Central245227237261250241258232226222206237207

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Years denote 12th grade year for cohort.




INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Decreasing
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Types Not Applicable
Change in Total Jobs Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Decreasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Decreasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Seniors Living in Poverty Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Decreasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Increasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing


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