Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) is pleased to announce the high school graduation rates for the 2022-23 academic year.

While the HCPS graduation rate experienced a slight decrease of 1.7 percentage points to 86.2 percent from last year, it aligns with the prepandemic graduation rate in 2018-19. Notably, the 2022-23 graduation rate represents the second highest in the district’s history, following the exceptional years of 2019-20 and 2020-21, when classes were exempt from statewide standardized assessment requirements due to the pandemic. This demonstrates that there was no sustained learning loss for students in our district due to the pandemic.

“This year’s graduation cohort faced unique challenges, having entered ninth grade during the 2019-20 school year, which was significantly impacted by COVID-19 closures,” said Van Ayres, Hillsborough County Public Schools superintendent. “The resilience and perseverance of our students, supported by the unwavering dedication of our teachers, administrators and school and district support staff, have been instrumental in achieving these commendable results.”

Congratulations to the following local area schools for their remarkable achievements in increasing their graduation rates:

  • Brandon High School: +1.1 percent.
  • South County Career Acceleration Academy: +2.2 percent.
  • Sumner High School: +2.7 percent.
  • East Bay High School: +2.8 percent.
  • Brandon Epic3: +6.2 percent.

Additionally, the following local schools maintained an impressive graduation rate above 95 percent, including Newsome High School with the highest graduation rate in the county.

  • Riverview High School: 95 percent.
  • Strawberry Crest High School: 95.1 percent.
  • Newsome High School: 98.9 percent.

To view graduation rates data, visit https://fldoe.org/accountability/accountability-reporting/school-grades/.

HCPS is the seventh-largest school district in the nation with more than 220,000 students in its public schools. There are more than 274 school sites, including 137 K-5 elementary schools, 45 middle schools, 28 high schools, nine K-8 schools, four career centers, four technical colleges and 54 charter schools. It is also the largest employer in Hillsborough County with more than 24,000 employees. Many district programs provide students with unique learning opportunities, including magnet, International Baccalaureate, career and technical education and advanced academics, such as Advanced Placement, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and dual enrollment courses.

For more information, visit www.hillsboroughschools.org.

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