Green Dot Graduation Rates, First-Time Exit Exam Pass Rates Continue to Rise
California Department of Education Data Show Green Dot Graduation Rate 35% Higher Than LAUSD’s
Los Angeles – Continuing its steady growth in student achievement, Green Dot Public Schools announced today its graduation rate is 35% higher than the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), according to data released by the California Department of Education (CDE) on the graduating class of 2011. Among original Green Dot 9th graders, the graduation rate was 83.1%, compared to LAUSD’s graduation rate of 61.6% for 2011.
In addition to graduation rates, student proficiency in English and math has steadily improved. First-time pass rates for the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) increased from 72% to 90% in math and 80% to 86% in English from four years ago, among the schools Green Dot has operated over that same time period.
“We’re extremely proud of our students, teachers and staff,” said Dr. Cristina de Jesus, Green Dot’s Chief Academic Officer. “These numbers provide us with proof that students from any socio-economic environment can overcome their challenges and succeed when given the correct tools, including support and encouragement.”
In 2012, Green Dot’s graduating class totaled 1,552 students, with more than 61% of these graduates completing the rigorous course requirements necessary to be considered college-ready by the University of California and the California State University systems. While not required by the CDE for graduation, all Green Dot students are required to take these courses.
Dr. de Jesus noted the consistent growth in graduation rates, students graduating college-ready and first-time pass rates for the CAHSEE are significant because Green Dot has a student population that is virtually identical to LAUSD’s proportion of students that are English learners, receive free and reduced lunches or have special education needs.
“Our entire focus is getting students prepared for college with the tools they need to succeed in life,” continued Dr. de Jesus. “From rigorous coursework, to great teachers and wrap-around services, we want every student to have a high school experience that is a springboard for future success.”
About Green Dot Public Schools
Green Dot Public Schools is the one the largest Charter Management Organizations in Southern California, operating 18 public charter schools - 14 public high schools and four middle school - in Los Angeles’ highest-need communities. Green Dot’s teachers and classified staff are members of Asociación deMaestros Unidos and Ánimo Classified Employees Association, local affiliates of the California Teachers Association, giving these teachers and staff the respect and flexibility to do their best work for students. These schools are publicly funded and free to attend. For more information visit: www.greendot.org