More data on citywide high school retention
I received some data from the city school system too late to put into my article Monday (my fault, not theirs: I had to go out of town for a few days), but I thought I'd post it here to add to the discussion about retention at the citywide high schools.
The system looked at this year's senior class -- the students who started as freshmen in 2004 -- to see how many who began at Poly, City, Western and Dunbar are still enrolled. About 30 percent are not.
Here are the figures broken down by school:
Poly: Of 351 freshmen in 2004, 268 -- or 76.4 percent -- are still enrolled as seniors.
City: Of 421 freshmen in 2004, 295 -- 70.1 percent -- are still enrolled as seniors.
Western: Of 220 freshmen in 2004, 154 -- 70 percent -- are still enrolled as seniors.
Dunbar: Of 123 freshmen in 2004, 86 -- 69.9 percent -- are still enrolled as seniors.
Total for the four schools: Of 1,115 freshmen in 2004, 803 -- 72 percent -- are still enrolled as seniors; 82.2 percent are still enrolled somewhere in the city school system and, within that group, 97.9 percent are 12th-graders.