The DOE’s Equity and Excellence for All agenda continues to pay off in big ways for New York City’s public school students.

NYC's Graduation Rates Keep Setting New Records Year After Year

NYC’s graduation rates keep going up and up and up and up…

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña have announced that the City’s 2017 four-year high school graduation rate is now the highest ever recorded in City history.

74.3 percent of all students who entered ninth grade in the fall of 2013 graduated from City high schools at the end of the 2017–18 school year, a 1.2 percentage point increase from the year prior.

Likewise, the City’s dropout rate fell to an all-time low of 7.8 percent, a 0.6 point decrease from the year prior.

Graduation and dropout rates also improved across all ethnicities and all five boroughs.


“New York City is showing that when we invest in our students, they rise to the challenge and do better and better,” said Mayor de Blasio when announcing 2017’s grad rates. “Our kids are graduating high school and going to college at record rates, while dropping out less than ever before. If we are going to make New York City the fairest big city in America, it starts with giving our kids the education they deserve, and we are executing this vision every day.”


“Our graduation and dropout rates continue to improve steadily and show that we’re on the right track,” said Chancellor Fariña. “This is a day to recognize the incredible impact our educators have on our children’s lives, and to celebrate their dedication to their craft. We need to keep improving, redoubling our commitment to our Equity and Excellence for All agenda to ensure that every child gets a high-quality education.”

Graduation rates also increased at the City’s 28 Renewal high schools. The graduation rate increased to 65.7 percent, a 5.7 point increase. The dropout rate was 16.4 percent, a 2.2 point decrease.

To learn more about NYC’s 2017 graduation and dropout rates, check out our official press release or see the data for yourself on the DOE’s “Graduation Results” webpage.

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