Graduation Rate

The graduation rate is the percentage of high schoolers who obtain their high school diploma after four years of study. Matriculation from high school is very important for future success, as it opens the door to a much broader set of college and career opportunities than are available to those who do not graduate. Earnings are also much higher among high school and college graduates than those who drop out of high school. While five-year graduation rates are available, they are not very different than four-year rates. The data below pertain to students enrolled in public schools.

Trends Over Time

The JCPS graduation rate has increased to 81.6% since 2013. While this rate is trending in a positive direction, JCPS continues to lag behind almost all Kentucky public school districts.

Trends by Race

Among students at JCPS, Asian students have the highest graduation rates. All races of JCPS students graduate at a rate lower than their Kentucky counterparts. The gap between White and Black JCPS students has remained fairly constant since 2013. There was a decreased in the graduation rate among Hispanic JCPS students from 2014 to 2016, but their graduation rate has increased in line with other racial groups since 2016.

Differences Based on Sex

Male and female Kentucky public school students graduate at higher rates than their JCPS counterparts. Within JCPS, 85.6% of female students graduated in 2018 compared to 77.6% for males. The gaps between JCPS and Kentucky public school students and between male and female students within JCPS have remained steady since 2013.

Differences Based on Free or Reduced Lunch Status

There is a significant graduation rate gap between non-free and reduced lunch public school students in KY and non-free and reduced lunch students within JCPS. This is a gap of over 15 percentage points that has remained consistent since 2013. The gap between students receiving free and reduced lunch in KY and their counterparts in JCPS is less, however KY students consistently graduate at a higher rate. The graduation rate of free and reduced lunch Louisville is recovering from a low point in 2014. The free or reduced lunch cohort only includes students who have income verification on file.