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Graduation Rates At Five Of Six SKPS Comprehensive High Schools Remain Above The State Average

Class of 2023 McKay students celebrate graduation

All six comprehensive high schools outpace the state average in the five-year graduation rate.

Graduation rates released by the Oregon Department of Education show five of Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ six comprehensive high schools above the state average four-year cohort rate of 81.3%. The district’s overall four-year cohort graduation rate of 79.14%, is a slight decline from 2022; however, remains above pre-pandemic levels for years 2018-19 and prior.

The district’s five-year cohort graduation rate of 82.3% represents the success realized by students who continue enrollment to reach graduation at. All six of Salem-Keizer's comprehensive high schools surpassed the state’s average five-year cohort graduation rate.

“Despite our slight overall drop, we have areas of growth and promise that are worthy of celebration,” said Deputy Superintendent Iton Udosenata. “We remain committed and accountable to improving the graduation rate for all students."

The four-year cohort graduation rate measures the number of students who receive a regular or modified diploma. There are additional ways for students to successfully complete high school, such as attaining an extended diploma or receiving a GED. Taking those options into account, more than 83% of Salem-Keizer students complete high school in four years and 86.5% of students complete high school in five years.

In addition, more than 118 seniors have opted to continue enrollment in the district to complete their high school graduation requirements.

Supporting All Student Populations

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is one of the most diverse districts in the state, which includes a high level of students experiencing poverty. Every student in Salem-Keizer schools receives free breakfast and lunch every school day.

Salem-Keizer students speak more than 100 languages and 47% of SKPS students identify as Hispanic or Latino/a/x. The graduation rate for the district’s students identifying as Hispanic or Latino/a/x has increased by nearly 12 percentage points since 2016.

Notable gains for the SKPS Class of 2023 came from English Learner graduates, which improved by 3.75 percentage points from the previous year, and more than 28 percentage points since the 2017-18 school year.

“We certainly celebrate the tremendous work of staff, students and the support of their families and are encouraged to see increases in key aspects of the data,” said School Board Chair Karina Guzmán Ortiz. “At the same time, we recognize that there is more work to be done to improve graduation outcomes for all students. We will continue to focus on graduation rates as one of our board priorities for the next several years.”

Black and African American students experienced a large increase in graduation rates by gaining more than ten percentage points over the previous year. Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander rates increased by 4.2 percentage points.

The five-year cohort graduation rate for migrant students had a four percentage point gain in their graduation rate over the previous year and reached their highest rate ever since this data was reported.

Three comprehensive high schools noted improved graduation rate outcomes for students with disabilities.

Alternative Pathways to High School Completion

At the district’s non-traditional programs, success is more than a graduation rate. At Early College High School, the school’s 97.4% graduation rate tells the story of 37 students who received unique educational offerings and college credit through a partnership with Chemeketa Community College. ECHS students earned over 2,500 credits while attending high school and going to college.

At Roberts High School, 51 students graduated with a regular or modified diploma, 109 students received their GED, and another 50 students are continuing enrollment.

District Dropout Rates

As defined by ODE, a dropout is a student who withdrew from school and did not graduate or transfer to another school that leads to graduation.

The district’s 2023 dropout rate of 3.89% is an improvement over the previous year’s reported dropout rate of 7.05%.

Class of 2023 Fast Facts

  • 2,587 graduates with regular or modified diplomas
  • 128 students completed school with an extended diploma or GED
  • 21 students received alternative certificates
  • 118 students are continuing enrollment
  • $61,510,408 in scholarships earned

Additional Points of Pride for SKPS High Schools

An Early College 2023 graduate gets their diploma and shakes hands with an administrator.

Early College High School – 97.4% (37 graduates)

  • All student groups graduated at a rate of 93% or above
  • The five-year cohort graduation rate was 100%
  • ECHS students earned more than 2,500 college credits
Graduating McKay students in the Class of 2023 listen to speeches at their commencement ceremony..

McKay – 82.7% (474 graduates)

  • The graduation rate for former English language learners is 93.3%, which is more than five points above the state average
  • Career and Technical Education participants and concentrators both have graduation rates above 90%
  • The graduation rate for students navigating houselessness increased six points to 75%, which is more than 14 points higher than the state average and a nearly 14-point gain over two years
  • The five-year cohort graduation rate improved three percentage points to 87.8%
Several class of 2023 McNary students applaud after a commencement speech.

McNary – 91.0% (467 graduates)

  • This is McNary’s fifth consecutive year of being above a 90% graduation rate
  • McNary’s graduation rate is more than 9.7 percentage points higher than the state average
  • Students identifying as Hispanic or Latino/a/x graduated at a rate of 91%
  • CTE participants graduated at a rate of 94% while CTE concentrators graduated at a rate of 98.8%
  • The graduation rate for students receiving special education services is 87%
A North Salem 2023 graduate in black robe and mortar smiles and gives us a thumbs up.

North Salem – 77.2% (379 graduates)

  • CTE concentrators graduated at a rate above 95%
  • The graduation rate for former English language learners increased by 6.5 points over the previous year to 88.5%
  • There was over a nine-point increase in the five-year cohort graduation rate for students receiving special education services
  • The five-year cohort graduation rate for our Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students is at 90%, representing a 23-point increase from the previous year
Roberts student from the Class of 2023 shakes hands with an admin as they get their diploma.

Roberts High School – 15.8% (51 graduates) 49.8% completion rate (109 completers)

  • The four-year cohort completer rate and five-year completer rate increased for the second year.
  • 109 students received their GED through Roberts.
  • The graduation rate for former English Learners improved by more than 13 percentage points
A 2023 South Salem graduate shows off their new diploma while shaking hands with a member of staff.

South – 84.8% (462 graduates)

  • The four-year cohort graduation rate is 3.5 points above the state average
  • CTE concentrators graduated at a rate above 95%
  • The five-year graduation rate for students with disabilities was 82.5%, which is 11 points above the state average
  • The five-year graduation rate was 93.4% which is 9.6 points above the state average
Class of 2023 Sprague students clap after a commencement speech.

Sprague – 91.6% (350 graduates)

  • This is Sprague’s sixth consecutive year of being above a 90% graduation rate
  • CTE participants and concentrators graduated at a rate above 95%
  • Former English language learner students graduated at a rate above 95%
  • The five-year completer rate for students with disabilities was 93.7%
  • The five-year completer rate for all students was 94.8%, which is eight points higher than the state average
West Salem's Class of 2023 toss their hats in the air at the end of the commencement ceremony.

West Salem – 91.3% (367 graduates)

  • This is West Salem’s fifth consecutive year of being above a 90% graduation rate
  • The graduation rate for students considered economically disadvantaged is 92.2%
  • Students who were former English language learners graduated at a rate greater than 95%
  • The five-year cohort graduation rate for students with disabilities improved by six percentage points

Additional Graduation Data

View the full graduation rates on the Oregon Department of Education website.