All-Time High Citrus County’s 2017-18 Graduation Rate Announced

All-Time High Citrus County’s 2017-18 Graduation Rate Announced

Florida’s high school graduation rates for 2017-18 were released this week. Citrus County’s high school graduation rate rose to an all-time high of 84 percent. This was a significant improvement compared to prior year’s rate of 79 percent. Each high school received an individual graduation rate.


  • Citrus High School- 94% (increase from 87%)
  • Crystal River High School- 90% (increase from 82%)
  • Lecanto High School- 93% (increase from 86%)


Florida’s graduation rate is a cohort graduation rate. A cohort is defined as a group of students on the same schedule to graduate. The graduation rate measures the percentage of students who graduate within four years of their first enrollment in ninth grade.

The district’s graduation rate of 84 percent is comprised of students from our three high schools and alternative learning schools, such as CREST, Renaissance, Cypress Creek Juvenile Detention Facility, and MYcroSchool (which closed over the summer).

Citrus County made greater improvements in the graduation rates of all students, students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students when compared to the state average.

Sandra “Sam” Himmel, Superintendent of Citrus County Schools, stated, “I am so proud of our students, school staff, and community. We reached an all-time high and made a greater gain than the state due to our commitment and dedication to Citrus County’s children.”

Citrus County’s current graduation rate is 84 percent, but that does not mean that 16 percent of students in the cohort are dropouts. Students in a cohort can be classified as graduates, dropouts or nongraduates. Nongraduates are students who are still enrolled and scheduled to earn a diploma, attending adult education, earned a certificate of completion, earned a special diploma, or earned a GED-based diploma.

“Our district always strives to do what is best for kids. We recognize that some students need additional time beyond four years to earn a diploma or may take an alternative path, like earning a special diploma, or a GED. Even though these students hinder the graduation rate because they are categorized as ‘nongraduates’ at the time graduation rates are calculated, they do reach a level of success that will allow them to enter college or a career path,” said Amy Crowell, Director of Research and Accountability.

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