High School Graduation Rate Stays Strong

Ontario Seeing Steady Increase in Four-Year Rate

Friday, April 4, 2014

Ontario's high school graduation rate remains strong, with an increasing number of students graduating in four years.

The five-year graduation rate is stable at 83 per cent, which is 15 percentage points higher than the 2003-04 rate of 68 per cent. The percentage of students graduating in four years is now 75 per cent, up from 74 per cent last year. This rate has steadily increased by 19 percentage points since 2003-04, when it was only 56 per cent.

A number of innovative programs introduced by the Ontario government as part of its Student Success Strategy are credited with helping to improve the graduation rate since 2004. These includeSpecialist High Skills Majorsdual credits and expanded cooperative education.

Helping students succeed is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.