On April 25, 2023, the Minnesota Department of Education released the 2022 graduation rates. We are excited to share that we have made consistent gains in many areas and that Richfield High School’s four-year graduation rate (88.9%) exceeds the statewide graduation rate of 83.6% by 5.3 percentage points.
88.9% graduation rate for students at Richfield High School (up 5.2 percentage points since 2019), including:
88.8% graduation rate for Latinx students (up 19.7 percentage points since 2019)
89.3% graduation rate for students learning English (up 24.8 percentage points since 2019)
87.3% graduation rate for students in the Richfield College Experience Program (up 60.5 percentage points since 2019)
The gains we have been consistently making are a direct result of the targeted, dedicated work of our teachers and support staff. Much of this work started in 2017 with Reimagine Richfield and our strategic plan, however, the continued success of our students can also be attributed to an increase in tracking student data and working in real-time to help students earn or recover credits. Combined, all of these changes have positively impacted student engagement and performance in Richfield Public Schools and the results can be viewed over the past four years.
The Minnesota statewide data is also disaggregated by gender. As of 2022, this only includes male and female. We hope that future reports will be more inclusive of students and their gender identities.
For students qualifying for free/reduced-price meals and receiving special education services, we have seen four-year gains as well. Students in our multilingual program have seen shifts over time, which is due to the constant changes in this demographic group. Specifically, as new students enter our district with little or no prior English experience in any given year.
For 2022, the graduation rates for each group were:
Special Education: 63.4%
English Learners: 89.3%
Free/Reduced Meals: 85.1%
Students in Special Education
Students Learning English
Students Qualifying for Free/Reduced Meals
2022 statewide graduation rates for students disaggregated by services compared to RHS.
We are especially proud of the growth in the Richfield College Experience Program (RCEP). This is an alternative program for high school students that focuses on innovative credit recovery practices, social-emotional well-being and recognition of multilingual abilities.
Thanks to the efforts of the staff and leadership in the RCEP program, the graduation rate for students at RCEP has skyrocketed.