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PHS grad rate remains high


January 25, 2024

PHOENIX – Phoenix High School’s on-time graduation rate for the 2022-23 school year exceeded 93% for the third year in a row and the Phoenix-Talent School District recorded the highest on-time cohort graduation rate of any district in Jackson County with more than two students, according to data released today by the Oregon Department of Education

According to the report, 144 out of 154 PHS students in the 2022-23 adjusted cohort, or 93.5%, graduated on time while the school’s five-year cohort graduation rate was 96.6%. After factoring in Armadillo Community Charter School’s (formerly Armadillo Technical Institute) 82.1% four-year graduation rate, the Phoenix-Talent School District’s four-year grad rate for the last school year was 90.1%. Only Pinehurst SD, whose two students both graduated, had a higher rate among Jackson County districts.

"I am immensely proud of Phoenix High School's teachers, staff, and of course the students for achieving an outstanding graduation rate yet again,” Phoenix Talent School District Superintendent Brent Barry said. “It also should be noted these impressive numbers are a reflection of our entire district staff, as most of these students have been a part of this district since their first day of kindergarten. PTS has faced many challenges in recent years, but our collective commitment to academic excellence and student success is unwavering.”

The latest grad rates continue a trend here that places PHS among the most successful schools in Southern Oregon in terms of grad rates, as Phoenix High students graduated at a 95% clip in both 2021 and 2022

Digging deeper into the 2023 numbers, over 95% of Phoenix High’s Hispanic/Latino population graduated on time last school year, as did 93.5% of its economically disadvantaged students, 93.1% of its students with disabilities, 93.2% of its Ever English Learners, over 95% of its Migrant students and 93.6% of its homeless students.

“I am incredibly proud to work alongside such a committed and talented staff at PHS,” Phoenix High principal Kalin Cross said. “It’s no secret that the class of 2023 walked through difficult times during their high school years and that is especially true for the Phoenix High School class of 2023 graduates. From beginning their high school careers in a pandemic and ending their four-year journey amidst wildfire recovery efforts in their hometown, our 93.5% graduation rate is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students, teachers, staff, parents, and the entire school community. We are immensely proud of our students and the entire PHS community for their unwavering commitment to success. It’s a great day to be a Pirate!”

The statewide graduation rate for the class of 2023 was 81.3 percent, tying the previous class as the second-highest graduation rate ever recorded in Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Education. While the overall rate held steady, some student groups reached all-time highs for graduation including former English Learners (87.6%) and Migrant students (81.6%).