Yesterday, the California Department of Education (CDE) released important data regarding graduation rates, dropout rates and college preparatory course completion rates in our State’s high schools. While the State is celebrating the accomplishment of achieving a cohort graduation rate of 80% for the Class of 2013, GPA is proud to announce our cohort graduation rate for the Class of 2013 is 99%. Even more, GPA’s dropout rate has been an extraordinary zero percent (0%) for the first two graduating classes in 2012 and 2013.
The CDE also released college-going coursework data for the Class of 2013, measuring the percentage of 2013 graduates who have completed all of the rigorous “A-G” courses required for entrance into UC/CSU schools. Statewide, 39% of high school graduates in 2013 completed all “A-G” courses. At GPA, 100% of our graduates for both the Class of 2012 and 2013 have completed the “A-G” curriculum.
In addition to yesterday’s CDE data release, GPA is pleased to share more great news about our college preparatory success. Since the 2011-12 school year, when GPA served its first senior class, 100% of our seniors have been accepted to 2- or 4-year colleges. Increasingly, GPA students are gaining admission to 4-year universities, from a 47% admission rate in 2012, 54% in 2013, and 61% for the Class of 2014. Six (6) members of the GPA Class of 2013 were admitted to UC San Diego and were offered full four-year Chancellor’s Associates scholarships. This year, ten (10) GPA seniors were admitted to UCSD and offered Chancellor’s Associates scholarships.
GPA’s Director, Vincent Riveroll, attributes these remarkable successes to the hard work of our students, staff, parents, and community, who have been tireless in their commitment to GPA’s “100/100” belief, that 100% of our seniors will earn a diploma and 100% will be admitted to a 2- or 4- year college. Riveroll affirmed, “The GPA community is thrilled to share these important milestones in our journey to reform public education. Our dream that ALL students deserve the access and supports necessary to graduate high school and gain entrance to college has become a reality. Yesterday’s CDE data release confirms that GPA is delivering to our community in Southeastern San Diego what many thought was impossible—graduation and college access for ALL students!”