Graduation and Dropout Rates

High School Graduation Rates, by Race and Ethnicity

Silicon Valley

Data Source:

California Department of Education


Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Students meeting UC/CSU requirements includes all 12th grade graduates completing all courses required for University and/or California State University entrance. Ethnicities were determined by the California Department of Education. Any student ethnicity pools containing 10 or fewer students were excluded in order to protect student privacy. Multi/None includes both students of two or more races, and those who did not report their race. All races/ethnicities other than Not-Hispanic or Latino are non-Hispanic. Silicon Valley includes all students attending public high school in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, as well as those in Scotts Valley Unified School District, New Haven School District, Fremont Unified School District, and Newark Unified School District. Dropout and graduation rates are four-year adjusted rates. The adjusted rates are derived from the number of cohort members who earned a regular high school diploma (or dropped out) by the end of year 4 in the cohort divided by the number of first-time grade 9 students in year 1 (starting cohort) plus students who transfer in, minus students who transfer out, emigrate, or die during school years 1, 2, 3, and 4. Years presented are the final year of a school year (e.g., 2011-2012 is shown as 2012). Dropout and graduation rates do not add up to 100% due to GED completions, those in the cohort who are still enrolled, and also due to suppressed data in some counties/districts for certain racial/ethnic groups. Due to the changes in the methodology for calculating the 2016–17 Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate and subsequent years, the California Department of Education strongly discourages comparing the 2016–17 and subsequent years’ Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate with the cohort outcome data from prior years.

*Due to changes in the California Department of Education methodology for 2017 and subsequent years, caution should be used in comparing cohort outcome data to prior years.

Graduation rates are four-year derived rates.All racial/ethnic groups aside from Hispanic or Latino are non-Hispanic.

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