Five straight years of grad rate improvements

Wendell Krinn Technical School, which opened on the former Ridgewood High campus in 2018, posted the highest graduation rate of any West Pasco school. It’s 96.7% rate was 0.1 percentage point higher than JW Mitchell High.

LAND O’ LAKES — Overall graduation rates at Pasco County high schools increased for the fifth year in a row, according to the school district.

Despite the tumultuousness of last year and the abrupt ending of in-class education, the county’s 2020 graduation rate rose to 89.9%, an increase of 1.6 percentage points from 2019. The county reported that the graduation rate has improved nearly 14 percentage points since 2013.

“Year after year we are seeing steady progress,” Superintendent Kurt Browning said in a press release. “I’m so proud of our students for their hard work. All our teachers from kindergarten through high school can share the credit because it takes a team effort to prepare students for college, career and life.”

The statistics come from the county’s 13 traditional public high schools, Pasco eSchool and Wendell Krinn Technical School, which operates on the former Ridgewood High campus. Twelve of the 15 total educational centers reported an improvement in graduation rates from 2019.

Cypress Creek High in Wesley Chapel posted the highest 2020 graduation rate at 99.5%, up from 96% the year prior. Students attending Pasco eSchool led the county with a 97.6% grad rate in 2019 and that number increased to 97.9% in 2020.

Of the seven high schools in West Pasco, Wendell Krinn Technical posted the highest graduation rate in 2020, at 96.7%, followed by Mitchell High’s 96.6% rate. River Ridge increased its rate in 2020 to 91.8%, up from 90.9%.

Graduation rates at Wendell Krinn Technical and Fivay experienced the most dramatic increases from 2019 to 2020. Fivay’s rate increased from 82.8 to 89.2%, and Wendell Krinn Technical’s rate increased from 90.6 to 96.7%.

Anclote High posted a grad rate of 85.2%, up from 82.5 in 2019.

Two of the three schools that experienced drops in graduation rates in 2020 were Gulf and Hudson. Both schools improved their grad rates from 2018 to 2019 but digressed in 2020. Gulf’s rate fell from 85.8% to 84. Hudson’s rate went above 80% in 2019, at 81.3, but fell to 76% in 2020, the lowest in the county.