2013

Class of 2013 Achieves 84% Graduation Rate
RRPS's Graduation Rate Highest of Any Large NM School District

 
 Class of 2013 RRPS Class of 2013 State Class of 2013
All Students 84.0% 70.3%
Caucasian 86.5% 77.0%
African American 84.9% 68.7%
Hispanic 81.4% 67.9%
Asian 94.2% 86.4%
American Indian 74.2% 64.3%
Econ. Disadvantaged 72.9% 64.6%
Students with Disabilities 66.5% 60.1%
ELL 72.4% 65.4%
Data released by the New Mexico Public Education Department for the Class of 2013 indicate that Rio Rancho Public Schools' districtwide four-year graduation rate
increased more than 5% as compared to the
Class of 2012.  The 84% graduation rate exceeds the state's graduation rate by nearly 14% and also is ahead of 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 district (enrollment in excess of 5,000 students). 
Rio Rancho Public Schools graduated 1,070 students in May 2013, the largest graduating class in the district's history.

See detailed districtwide and school trend data here:
Celebrate Graduation 2013 with our students!
Celebrate Graduation 2012 with our students!


Cleveland High School maintained a 90%+ graduation rate for the second straight year; its 91.1% graduation rate is the highest for any large high school in New Mexico (more than 250 graduates). 

Rio Rancho High's graduation rate remains above 80% and is in the top ten for New Mexico large high schools.  Both schools achieve strong graduation rates while maintaining a rigorous curriculum and graduation standards.
The 93.9% graduation rate for the Rio Rancho Cyber Academy is the school's highest ever and ranks it among 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, while down slightly in 2013 remained above 50% and is one of the highest in the state for alternative high schools..  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 2011 indicate that an additional 16% of the Class of 2011 stayed the course past four years and earned a diploma. 

Our students and staff have worked very hard to achieve the goal of graduation and are to be congratulated.  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.  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.