W-JCC's graduation rate slips below state average

WILLIAMSBURG - The graduation rate in Williamsburg-James City County Schools fell slightly below the state average while its dropout rate climbed in 2015-16.

In W-JCC's high schools, 90.5 percent of students earned a diploma in four years, compared to 91.3 percent of students state-wide. 

Virginia data show that graduation rates for the Peninsula overall are up. 

Historically, the district's graduation rate has been close to the state average. The rate both statewide and in W-JCC schools has climbed steadily over the past decade.

In 2008, less than 80 percent of students in W-JCC schools graduated on time. Last year W-JCC had its highest graduation rate in recent years, with 91.1 percent of students graduating on time. 

Of the division's three high schools, only Jamestown High School's graduation rate went down, from 92 percent last year to 89.5 percent this spring.

Lafayette and Warhill high schools each posted improvements to 90 and 92.1 percent, respectively.

Across the division, the dropout rate increased from 1.6 percent, or 14 students, to 5.4 percent, or 49 students. Twenty-two of those were at Jamestown, 16 at Lafayette, and 11 at Warhill.

W-JCC officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

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