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Class of 2018 graduation rates

The Minnesota Department of Education released graduation data for the class of 2018 on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. We saw increases in our graduation rate in all of our programs and Brooklyn Center High School STEAM remains above the state average.

Class of 2018
Statewide: 83.2%
Brooklyn Center High School STEAM (BCHS): 85.7%
Early College Academy (ECA): 62.1%
Insight Online School: 36.0%

BCHS has exceeded the state graduation rate for six years and is up 1.5 percent from 2017. The ECA has made large gains in its graduation rate, including a 32.7 percent increase in two years. Insight Online School increased its rate from 2017 by 12.9 percent to its highest-ever graduation rate of 36 percent.

The district’s average graduation rate across all schools and programs is 61.2 percent. This number is fairly meaningless in and of itself, as it does not reflect the continued success at BCHS or the growth at our two alternative learning schools. Additionally, more seniors are enrolled at the ECA and Insight, about 67 percent of all district seniors, than at BCHS, about 33 percent of students, which impacts the district’s overall graduation rate.

We are also proud that the dropout rate at BCHS is only 1.8 percent, compared to the state’s dropout rate of 3.1 percent. This is still too high, though, as just one student who drops out of our system is one too many.

While there is much to celebrate, we recognize that we still must do better. Our goal is for every population in BCCS to have a 90 percent or higher graduation rate. This includes American Indian students, black students, Latino students, English learners, students who receive free or reduced price meals, students who receive special services and white students. For the class of 2018, only our white population had a graduation rate higher than 90 percent, which is fewer populations meeting our goal than in prior years.

Across Minnesota, our black and brown students continue to underperform compared to their white peers. Here in Brooklyn Center, we can and must do better for all of our students. We are not adequately meeting the needs of the community we serve. I say this not to criticize the hard work each staff member contributes daily but to remind you that we must alter our practice so all students find success.

I want to honor all of the work that went into graduating the class of 2018, on the part of our staff members, our families and community and especially our students. Our students are brilliant and it’s our job to foster their talents, bridge their obstacles and inspire their hearts.

Let’s make it a great spring for our students as we look forward to graduating another class of Centaurs.

Sincerely,

Dr. Carly Baker, superintendent
Brooklyn Center Community Schools