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Falls Church Schools Score Highest Graduation Rate in Virginia

PARENTS WAVE GOODBYE to children embarking upon their first day back to school at Falls Church City Schools Tuesday. Initial reports showed lower-than-expected enrollment after the first day.  (Photo: John Wesley Brett/FCCPS)
(Photo: John Wesley Brett/FCCPS)

According to the Virginia Department of Education in a report issued this week, the Falls Church City Public Schools’ Class of 2015 had the highest on-time graduation rate among all Virginia public school divisions. The rate of 98.8 percent is up from the 98.4 percent rate a year ago, and above the state average of 90.5 percent, according to data released by the state Tuesday. The Falls Church rate was better than other area divisions, as well, beating out Loudoun County (95.6 percent), Arlington County (92.8 percent), Fairfax County (92.8 percent) and Alexandria City (79.6 percent).

The Falls Church system was the only division in the state to graduate 100 percent of its economically disadvantaged students, one of eight divisions to graduate 100 percent of Hispanic students, one of 10 divisions in the state to graduate 100 percent of students with disabilities. It also graduated 100 percent of students from two or more races, Asians and males.

The Falls Church system’s George Mason High School on-time graduation rate of 98.8 percent was second only to Patrick Henry High’s rate of 98.9 percent among non-magnet individual high schools in the state.

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