The Washoe County School District announced Friday that nearly 4,000 students graduated in 2018 making it the largest number of graduates ever in the WCSD.

Nearly 1,950 students received honors diplomas or advanced diplomas, up from 1,850 in 2017. 

WCSD also said that nine high schools reached or exceeded the District’s goal of a 90% graduation rate.  

WCSD says just above 84% of students earned their diplomas this past school year. They say it’s an increase of seven percentage points over the Class of 2016, and nine percentage points over the Class of 2015. 

WCSD says the graduation rate for students receiving English language supports (EL) rose six percentage points to reach 73%. Students receiving special education services saw their graduation rate rise four percentage points to 63%. The graduation rate for American Indian students rose nine percentage points to 80%. Each of these graduation rates represents a record high percentage in WCSD.

“We are extremely proud of the efforts of each our graduates, and we congratulate them and their families and staff members who helped them to cross the graduation stage to receive their diploma,” said WCSD Board President Katy Simon Holland. “As a District, we are working to help all students succeed no matter what challenges they face. Behind each of our 3,980 graduates is a story of achievement, perseverance, and determination to succeed, and today we celebrate them and their academic accomplishments.”

“We have set an ambitious goal of ’90 by 20’—a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020—and I am confident we will achieve that goal,” said WCSD Superintendent Traci Davis. “The hard work continues at every grade level from Early Childhood Education through high school. Nearly 4,000 students earned their diploma this year, and that is a great accomplishment in our District. Our various student populations are graduating at higher rates, so our achievement gaps continue to narrow. We are still on the road to that important goal, and we will get there.”

(WCSD contributed this report,)