SFPS Pleased with Increase in Graduation Rates, but Embraces Greater Challenge

Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS) graduation rate for the four year cohort in 2016 was 71%. This equals the state average. Capital High School had a graduation rate of 72%, and Santa Fe High School had a graduation rate of 73%. Overall, SFPS graduation rates increased 4.2 percentage points from 2015 to 2016, improving at a greater rate than the statewide average increase of 3.4 percentage points over that same period.

While the improvement in graduation rates is exciting, there is still work to be done. Dr. Veronica C. Garcia, Superintendent of Schools, explained, “We are pleased with the data regarding graduation rates. However, when 29% of our students are not graduating and our achievement scores are low, we need to connect the dots.  Santa Fe Public Schools is studying why our proficiency rates are low according to the PARCC assessment, yet our graduation rates are increasing.”

Dr. Garcia introduced Project Northstar, a relationship-based approach to district-wide improvement, at the 2016 State of the Schools Address this past December.  Project Northstar includes a holistic approach to education. Dr. Garcia expounded, “Currently, a large number of our students are required to take remedial courses in college and do not have the soft skills required to be successful in the business community. Therefore, we are analyzing the relationship between how we are preparing our students for college and career and the success our graduates experience. This includes taking a look at the factors leading to success on the ACT/SAT assessments and short cycle assessments, as well as how we are fostering students’ soft skills in order to ensure their success in the business community.”

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2017 General Obligation Bond

Early voting for this important $100 million school construction bond begins January 18. Regular voting is on February 7.

These funds will be used on building projects throughout the district, including construction of a new comprehensive middle school, additions to the Early College Opportunities campus, improvements to the ATC campus and expansion of energy and water conservation initiatives.

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 Link to New Middle School Page On January 10, 2017, the Board of Education approved the design of the new middle school and voted to name it Milagro Middle School. Click the image to the left to learn more about the Milagro Middle School. 
 On December 5, 2016, students at Sweeney Elementary participated in the Hour of Code. A special thanks to Paige Prescott and Francisco Vargas for coordinating the event.
 El Dorado Community School students made ornaments for the 94th annual National Christmas Tree display. The students designed tin work ornaments that represent the "Twelve Days of Christmas, New Mexico-Style!"

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