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|Santa Monica High School Graduation Rate Sees Small Slide|
By Jonathan Friedman
April 14, 2017 -- A smaller percentage of Santa Monica High School students graduated with their class in 2016 than did the previous year, according to statistics released this week by the California Department of Education.
The Samohi graduation rate for 2016 was 94.1 percent, which was a small drop from 95 percent in 2015.
The recent dropout rates are 4.3 percent (2016), 3.2 percent (2015), 3.7 percent (2014) and 2.6 percent (2013). The students who dropped out could have left school at any time after the start of their high school career.
Samohi students graduated in 2016 at a far higher rate than their peers throughout Los Angeles County and the state.
The statewide graduation rate was 83.2 percent, while it was 81.3 percent in Los Angeles County. Both of those rates were increases from the previous year.
"This is great news for our students and families," Torlakson said. "Graduation rates have gone up seven years in a row, reflecting renewed optimism and increased investments in our schools."
He continued that these increased investments have "helped reduce class sizes; bring back classes in music, theater, art, dance, and science; and expand career technical education programs that engage our students with hands-on, minds-on learning."
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