Graduation Rates

Graduation rates comparison RRPS/stateFor the second straight year, Rio Rancho Public Schools' overall district four-year graduation rate and those of all four high schools in Rio Rancho showed sharp gains.  The district’s cohort graduation rate* of 89% for the Class of 2019 is the highest in the district’s history, and the highest in the state for large school districts (4,000+ enrollment).  The graduation rates for Cleveland High (89.9%) and Rio Rancho High (89.8%) are the highest in the state for large high schools.  The Rio Rancho Cyber Academy graduated 91% of its small senior class. 

The most recently published national graduation rate, for the Class of 2017, is 84.6%.  National graduation rate estimates for the Class of 2018 are approximately 88%

See detailed district-wide and school trend data and analysis here:

Virtually all student subgroups also showed increases, and in some cases substantial increases, over the previous year.  We are especially pleased to report that graduations for student subgroups districtwide are within nine percentage points of the district average, an indication that efforts to “close the achievement gap” are continuing to show some success.

Independence High School’s graduation rate for 2019 increased by a whopping 19.2%, to 55.6%.  Independence provides programs designed to help students who face challenges in earning a diploma, including students who are self-supporting, are student parents, or who have fallen behind academically and need additional support.  Independence’s teachers and staff, with the support of others throughout the Rio Rancho district, have put a great deal of work into improving outcomes for Independence students.  This effort is now beginning to translate into higher graduation rates. 

Rio Rancho Public Schools supports students throughout their high school journey by pairing them with counselors and assistant principals who get to know students and follow them throughout their four years in high school.  Other ways RRPS high schools support students include:

  • Each student has a “Next Step” plan – a roadmap for their high school experience. 
  • Students who need extra assistance in math and reading can enroll in an elective period where they receive extra support from teachers who even meet with students during lunch and before and after school. 
  • Students who fall behind academically can enroll in courses at the district’s Secondary Learning Center after school and in the evening. 
  • A wide variety of elective courses and extracurricular activities help keep students interested in and engaged in school, and encourage them to stay the course to graduation. 

In order to qualify for a diploma, Rio Rancho students must meet rigorous standards established by the district and state, including earning class credits and achieving certain minimum scores on achievement tests.  In instances where students are unable to pass the tests, they may demonstrate competency in the core subject areas through alternatives designed to be comparably rigorous to achieving passing scores on the state's achievement tests.  The district's expectation is that all students graduate fully prepared for success in higher education, the military, or the workforce.  

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*“Cohort” refers to students who began high school as ninth graders and graduated from high school four years later.  The rate accounts for students who may have attended more than one high school by proportionally distributing their outcomes among all schools/districts who contributed to that outcome.

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RRPS and State of NM 2017 Graduation Rates linkRio Rancho Public Schools' overall four-year graduation rates declined slightly in 2017, from 84% to 82%.  While any drop is always a cause for concern and analysis, and the district always strives to increase graduation rates year over year, fluctuations in the graduation rate are not uncommon.  The district graduation rate has remained consistently in the 82%-85% range for the past five years, even while academic standards as measured by achievement tests have become more rigorous and graduation requirements more stringent.    

See detailed districtwide and school trend data and analysis here:

RRPS’s graduation rate continues to greatly exceed the state average, and remains on a par with the most recently published national graduation rate of 83%.  While declines were seen in larger subgroups (Caucasian, Hispanic, and economically-disadvantaged students), most smaller subgroups actually saw increases.  The graduation rate for Native American students grew more than 8%, from 73% to 81.4%, and the rate for English Language Learners (ELL) climbed more than 5%, from 74% to nearly 80%.  For the second year, all subgroups maintained graduation rates of more than 70%.  This suggests, while there is still more to be done, the district’s effort to close the achievement gaps among subgroups may be showing some success.

In order to qualify for a diploma, Rio Rancho students must meet rigorous standards established by the district including earning class credits and achieving certain minimum scores on achievement tests.  In instances where students are unable to pass the tests, they may demonstrate competency in the core subject areas through equally rigorous alternative methods designed to be comparably rigorous to achieving passing scores on the state's achievement tests.  The district's expectation is that students graduate fully prepared for success in higher education, the military, or the workforce.  


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