The Florida Department of Education has released the 2016/17 graduation rates and again, Lee County has shown improvement.

The graduation rate increased to 78.7% for the 2017 graduation class, the highest level attained by the district since 2010-11 when the Federal Rate calculation was implemented.

When the data is disaggregated further, to include only the district’s traditional non-charter schools, the graduation rate averages 88.7%.

“These numbers show we are heading in the right direction,” said Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins. “Our graduation rate has exceeded our Vision 2020 target for the second year in a row and I’m extremely proud to see the rates for African American and Hispanic students increasing by 5% and 1.3% respectively. We continue to strengthen our systems and processes in order to increase student achievement.”

Many high schools showed improvement in graduation rates this past year. Nine of the 14 non-charter high schools increased their graduation rates in 16-17. Eight schools graduated more than 90% of their students.

2016-17 School Graduation Rates

School Name Total Grads Total Cohort Total Federal Graduation Rate
Cape Coral High School 369 399 95.5
Cypress Lake High School 316 336 94.0
Dunbar High School 312 402 77.6
East Lee County High School 322 455 70.8
Estero High School 378 419 90.2
Fort Myers High School 410 426 96.2
Ida S. Baker High School 388 412 94.2
Island Coast High School 266 300 88.7
Lee Virtual Instruction Program 26 33 78.8
Lehigh Senior High School 365 424 86.1
Mariner High School 348 375 92.8
North Fort Myers High School 354 384 92.2
Riverdale High School 407 443 91.9
South Fort Myers High School 355 398 89.2

In 2010-11, the U.S. Department of Education mandated that a uniform calculation method be implemented nationwide. This federal method tracks a group of students from 9th to 12th grade, subtracting out students who transfer out and adding in students who enter during that time. Only standard diplomas are counted as graduates.