Pleasantville posts lowest high school graduation rate in county

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The New Jersey Department of Education delivered a mixed bag of results Wednesday, Dec. 5 when it released its statewide graduation rates for public high schools.

While the overall graduation rate rose 3 percent – from 83 percent in 2011 to 86 percent in 2012 – the graduation rates for minorities and inner-city schools lagged far behind.

In Atlantic County, the Atlantic County Institute of Technology had the highest graduation rate, at 96.77 percent, according to state figures.

Pleasantville High School had the lowest graduation rate among Atlantic County schools in 2012, at 66.92 percent. Atlantic City was second-lowest at 69.67 percent, according to state figures. On average, one in three students at Atlantic City or Pleasantville High School failed to graduate in 2012.

Posting above-average graduation rates were Egg Harbor Township (92.63), Mainland Regional (92.15) and Absegami (88.45) high schools. Some 82.44 percent of Oakcrest High School students graduated.

According to state figures, 75 percent of African-American high school seniors graduated in 2012, and 77 percent of Hispanic students graduated.

Only 75 percent of students from economically disadvantaged homes were able to graduate, according to state figures.

Across the state, 73 percent of students listed as having limited English proficiency graduated in 2012.

High school graduation rates in the Camden and Trenton school districts were less than half, according to state figures. Camden saw a graduation rate of 49.27 percent, while Trenton graduated 48.44 percent of its students.

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