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School district sees slight drop in graduation rates due to pandemic


The Washoe County School District (WCSD) posted today graduation rates for the class of 2021. The rates were down by 2.6%, from 85.1% in 2020 to this year’s 82.5%.

School Superintendent Kristen McNeill said the drop was pandemic related.

“We continue to grapple with the impact of COVID, and I am proud of the extraordinary efforts of our staff members, students and families who have worked so hard during this historic period of challenge,” McNeill said. “We are dedicated to helping our students recover emotionally and academically from this global pandemic, and I am confident with our Response to Recovery Strategic Plan as our guide, we will have our students meet their academic and social potential.”

Washoe County’s rate drop is more than what the state as a whole reported but its overall graduation rate is about one percentage point higher than the state average.

The state posted an 81.3% graduation rate, down only from 82.6%, which is 1.3% reduction.

Seven high schools saw graduation rates greater than 90%:

  • Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology (AACT) – 100%
  • Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) High School – 100%
  • North Star Online School – 96%
  • Galena High School – 92%
  • Incline High School – 94%
  • McQueen High School – 91%
  • Reno High School – 91%

Source: WCSD

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