4 Year Graduation & Dropout Rates – LAWRENCE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

February 5, 2013


4 Year Graduation for Lawrence Public Schools

*Graphs were created by Lawrence Public Schools

4-Year Graduation Rate:
The cohort graduation rate, represented as a percentage, is calculated by dividing the number of students in a cohort who graduated in four years or less by of the total number of students in the cohort (the number of first-time entering ninth graders four years earlier, excluding transfers out and including transfers in). Graduation rates are reported for all districts and schools serving grade 12.
Dropout Rate:
The annual dropout rate, represented as a percentage, is a snapshot of those students who dropped out of school in a given year across grades 9 through 12.


  • Lawrence had 3,288 High School students enrolled in 2012.
  • 195 students dropped out (5.9%).
  • Students who transfer to another school are not considered a dropout if we know where they went.  If they stay in Massachusetts, the state tracks them by their 10 digit state assigned number.
  • If we don’t know where they  moved too, and it was out of state, then those students are considered dropouts.


The following is a breakdown of the 4 year dropout rate for every high school in Lawrence. All of the information for this was obtained from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Drop out rates by high school

*Graphs were created by Lawrence Public Schools


I received this information and thought that the graphs did a good job in showing how Lawrence has been slowly improving the graduation rate of high school students. Its important to note that the dropout rate presented here is of students of a given year from grades 9-12 in 2012. The drop out rate for the cohort of the Class of 2012 (874 students) was 20.6% compared to the Class of 2008 (862 students) whose dropout rate was 36.5%

One of the most exciting thing is the increase in our graduation rate where we see only 35.8% of the Class of 2008 graduating within 4 years and then seeing a big increase in graduation in 2012.

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About pavelpayano

Pavel Payano graduated with a BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006. After graduation he became the Outreach Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. He served in this role until 2007 when he joined the staff of Congresswoman Tsongas becoming her Special Assistant and Immigration Specialist. In June 2011 he graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Masters of Science in Public Affairs. Mr. Payano is an active member of the Lawrence community; in 2010 he co-founded the Greater Lawrence Young Professionals Network, an organization that hopes to bridge the gap between local government, business leaders and young professionals who care about the development and well being of the greater Lawrence communities. He is also serving his second term as a Lawrence School Committee member.

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