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Polk County's Graduation Rate Increases

Graduation Rate Rises to 71.8 Percent for the Polk County School District

December 18, 2016

Polk County Public Schools is pleased to announce that the school district’s graduation rate improved to 71.8 percent, an increase of 2.4 percentage points compared to last year, according to the latest data from the Florida Department of Education.

“This is positive news that reflects the hard work of our students, teachers and staff members,” said Superintendent Jacqueline M. Byrd. “This is a step in the right direction, and we are determined to make even greater strides in the graduation rate. A high school diploma is a critical part of ensuring our students’ future success in life.”

Seventeen Polk County high schools improved their graduation rate compared to their 2014-2015 graduation rates. In fact, the following eight schools exceeded Florida’s average graduation rate of 80.7 percent:

  • Bartow High
  • Chain of Lakes Collegiate High
  • George W. Jenkins High
  • Lakeland High
  • Lake Wales Senior High
  • McKeel Academy of Technology
  • Polk State Collegiate High School
  • Ridge Community High