Graduation Rates Continue to Climb

RRPS's Graduation Rate Remains Highest of Any Large NM School District
 Class of 2014 RRPS Class of 2014 State Class of 2014
All Students 84.4% 68.5%
Caucasian 87.2% 74.7%
African American 80.8% 62.4%
Hispanic 81.7% 66.9%
Asian 95.8% 83.5%
American Indian 80.6% 61.4%
72.4% 62.3%
Students with Disabilities 71.0% 56.5%
ELL 69.8% 63.9%

RRPS's mission statement begins, "Rio Rancho Public Schoolsis dedicated to graduating each student with an educational foundation for success."  The latest data released by the New Mexico Public Education Department for the Class of 2014 indicates that Rio Rancho Public Schools continues to rank among the best in in the state at doing just that.

The overall graduation rate for RRPS seniors rose slightly, from 84% in 2013 to 84.4% in 2014.  The 84.4% graduation rate exceeds the state's graduation rate by nearly 16% and also exceeds the national average, which is variously reported between 70% and 78%.  It is also the highest graduation rate for any of New Mexico's large school districts (enrollment in excess of 5,000 students). 

Our students and staff have worked very hard to achieve the goal of graduation and are to be congratulated.  Earning a RRPS diploma is not easy.  The increase in graduation rates came at a time when the curriculum and the tests designed to measure student proficiency in reading, language arts, writing, and math are more rigorous than ever before.   RRPS's students and teachers were equal to the challenge, maintaining a strong graduation rate, above-average student proficiency rates, and the high standards for which the district is known.    Since graduation rates do not necessarily translate into strong academic achievement, it is especially noteworthy that student achievement data indicates most students perform very well on the state's standardized tests. 

Rio Rancho Public Schools graduated 1,080 students in May 2014, the largest graduating class in the district's history.  We still have work to do to help the 15+% of the students who did not earn a diploma "over the hump" to graduation.  The district and our schools continue to assist individual students who are challenged academically in a variety of ways, and while the academic achievement data and graduation data are encouraging, we continue to work to assure all students graduate and are ready to succeed in college, the military, or a career. 

  • The 3.6% increase in Rio Rancho High's graduation rate (from 80% to 83.6%) fueled the district's overall graduation rate increase in and moved RRHS into the top five for large New Mexico large high schools. 
  • Cleveland High School maintained a 90%+ graduation rate for the third straight year; its 90.1% graduation rate is the highest for any large high school in New Mexico (more than 250 graduates) for the second straight year.  CHS's graduation rate was down very slightly (1%) from the previous year. 
  • Rio Rancho Cyber Academy's graduation rate also dipped slightly -- from 93.9% to 90.1% -- but given the school's small size this is essentially a flat rate.  The Cyber Academy remains one of the top schools in New Mexico both academically and in terms of its graduation rate.  The Cyber Academy provides a challenging academic curriculum delivered online to a small and highly mobile student body (about 155 students) in grades 6-12.  The school has a small senior class and their graduation rate can therefore be affected by the success of a small number of students.  Cyber Academy students are often involved in outside activities and rely on the flexibility an online program supplemented by classroom group instruction can provide. 

  • Independence High's graduation rate of 33.7% reflects the challenges many of its students face.  Independence serves students whose academic or life situations (working students, student parents) create challenges to earning a diploma; many Independence students come into the school far behind academically and so take longer than four years to graduate.  Five year graduation rates for Independence's Class of 2013 indicate that an additional 7% of the Class of 2013 stayed the course past four years and earned a diploma.