Clark County High School Graduation Rate Report Reveals Disparities in Academic Performance Between Groups of Students

To view the report and the Clark County High School Interactive Graduation Rate Map, click here.

On January 3, 2017, United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) released the first report in its Community Report Series, “High School Graduation Rates in Clark County.” The report highlights disparities in academic performance between groups of students, geographic zones and types of schools.

“This report will help to heighten the awareness of how we can unite our community to reduce achievement gaps and help children throughout Clark County succeed,” said Bob Morgan, UWSN President and CEO.

The State of Nevada is consistently near the bottom of education rankings for high school achievement. The state had the lowest rate in the country in 2012-2013 (63%), a figure that improved in 2015-2016 but still falls behind the national graduation rate. Clark County School District (CCSD) is the largest school district in Nevada and the fifth-largest in the United States, serving over 320,000 students at 357 schools. UWSN is working closely with Clark County School District and other nonprofits to increase the high school graduation rate, which was 74% for the Class of 2016.

What do Achievement Gaps Look LIke in CCSD?

Nevada has the lowest graduation rate in the country for Black students, as well as the second-lowest for English Language Learners (ELL). For ELL, Black, and Hispanic students, achievement gaps in high school perpetuate cycles of poverty and widen already-existing socioeconomic differences.

How does the  Graduation Rate  Vary by Type of School?

School performance can also be examined  by the type of school, that is, whether the school is a magnet or  career and technical academy (CTA), neighborhood or other type of school.

The eight magnet/CTA schools have the highest graduation rates in Clark County School District (CCSD). These schools draw students from across the county and provide specialized career-focused science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); arts; and vocational programs.

There are 36 neighborhood schools in CCSD, drawing students from specific geographic zones. Six neighborhood high schools have graduation rates below the CCSD average (74%). Graduation rates vary considerably across the district’s other high schools. Other high schools include adult education, special education, high school for new arrivals to the United States, online courses, and credit-bearing coursework taken at the College of Southern Nevada.

What are the Graduation Rates by Area in CCSD?

Schools in different geographic zones have variances in graduation rates. Five of the six neighborhood high schools with graduation rates below 74% draw students from North Las Vegas and areas east of Las Vegas Boulevard.

To view the report and the Clark County high school interactive graduation rate map, click here. To schedule an interview, please contact Laurie Mann, United Way Senior Marketing Director at 702-892-2362.