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Four-Year Graduation Rate

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The four year graduation rate tracks students in one high school class over a four year period and reflects the number of students who graduate on schedule after starting high school (accounting for transfers into and out of the school district).  High school graduates have more earning potential than those who drop-out of high school because they are mroe likely to be employed, go on to obtain a post-secondary degree or enroll in a job training program.

Four-Year Graduation Rate

The Top 10 results for 2012 (ranked by Grad Rate)

CountyGrad RateGraduatesYearSchool District
St. Louis County98.52012Clayton
Madison County95.72012Edwardsville
St. Louis County95.52012Ladue
St. Louis County93.02012Kirkwood
Madison County932012Staunton
St. Clair County92.92012Freeburg Area
St. Louis County92.02012Mehlville
St. Louis County91.72012Valley Park
St. Louis County91.62012Webster Groves
St. Louis County91.32012Brentwood

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Missouri defines the high school graduation rate as the number of graduates divided by grades 9-12 cohort dropouts plus graduates multiplied by 100. Illinois defines the graduation rate as the number of 2003 - 2004 graduates divided by the 9th grade enrollment in 2000 minus transfers out plus transfers in multiplied by 100.

*St. Louis County has an independent school district serving children with special needs. Districts in St. Louis City, St. Charles County, St. Clair County and Madison County serve special needs children within schools.

** Formerly St. Charles Co. R-V

*** Belleville, Freeburg, East Alton, and O’Fallon school districts in Illinois are not unit districts. For the purpose of this report, we have combined the elementary, middle, and high school districts.

**** Data Not Available

***** Since all Special School District children are served in a single district, the median ratio was found rather than the average.

U.S: 73.9%
National Center for Educational Statistics (2003)
MO: 81.7%
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (SY 2005-2006)
IL: 87.8%
Illinois State Board of Education (SY 2005-2006)