The numbers are in, and it’s no surprise: Polk County Public Schools’ Class of 2019 is well-prepared for the next level.
The achievements of Polk County’s most recent class of graduates show how hard work can pay off in a big way.
PCPS had more than 5,100 students graduate during the 2018-2019 school year, with scholarship offers exceeding $66.5 million.
Students took more than 7,500 dual enrollment courses over the course of their high school careers, and 2,015 seniors graduated with valuable industry certifications.
The Class of 2019 also made a big difference in their community, having logged approximately 380,000 service hours.
“These numbers really are impressive and are possible through the dedication of our students and educators,” said Tami Dawson, PCPS’ regional assistant superintendent who oversees high schools.
“Our teachers and school counselors can help students figure out what requirements they need to graduate, as well as what courses will help them become successful in their futures,” Dawson said. “But, ultimately, our students have to invest the sweat, tears and hard work. We are so proud of them.”
The graduation rate for the 2018-2019 school year has not been calculated and made available by the Florida Department of Education.
However, Polk County Public Schools’ graduation rate has been climbing to record highs. The most recent available data for the 2017-18 school year showed Polk’s 14 traditional public high schools had an average graduation rate of 86.5 percent — which exceeded Florida’s statewide graduation rate of 86.1 percent.