Rio RanchoPublic Schools
Districtwide Four-Year Graduation Rates
Subgroup RRPS Class of 2012 State Class of 2012
All Students 78.8% 70.3%
Caucasian 83.0% 77.2%
African-American 81.0% 69.3%
Hispanic 73.4% 69.3%
Asian 77.9% 84.3%
American Indian 86.3% 64.9%
Economically Disadvantaged 65.6% 64.9%
Students with Disabilities 58.3% 55.7%
English-Language Learners 66.2% 65.6%

Rio Rancho Graduation Rates Exceed State, National Averages

Data released by the New Mexico Public Education Department for the Class of 2012 indicate that Rio Rancho Public Schools' districtwide four-year graduation rates increased by 5.9% as compared to the class of 2011.  The 78.8% graduation rate exceeds the state's graduation rate by more than 8% and also is ahead of the national average, which is variously reported between 70% and 78%. 

See detailed districtwide and school trend data here:

Celebrate Graduation 2013 with our students!
Celebrate Graduation 2012 with our students!

Cleveland High School and Rio Rancho High School's graduation rates are among the highest in the state for large high schools; in fact, Cleveland's graduation rate is the highest for schools graduating more than 250 students.  Cleveland's overall graduation rate increased by 2.8% to 90.1%, and Rio Rancho's graduation rate increased by 3.7% to 83.4%. 
Independence High's graduation rate exceeded 50% for the first time in several years.  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. 

The Rio Rancho Cyber Academy provides a challenging academic curriculum delivered online to a small and highly mobile student body (about 170 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.  As at Independence, some Cyber Academy students therefore take more than four years to graduate.

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 know we can and should still do better. 

Governor Susana Martinez and NM Public Education Department Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera came to Rio Rancho High School to announce the state's graduation rates, which increased by more than six percentage points and exceeds 70%.  Surrounded by Rio Rancho High students, Governor Martinez said she was "thrilled to see this progress," but emphasized the improvements to the state graduation rate as "a mile marker -- a significant one -- in a much longer journey."