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4J Graduation Rates Rise to 10-Year High

Grad rates rise districtwide and at all four comprehensive high schools, some achievement gaps narrow 

4J graduation rates have climbed to a 10-year high. More students in Eugene School District 4J graduated on time than in any previous year in the past decade, according to official 2019 graduation rates released by the Oregon Department of Education in January.

4J’s graduation rates are rising.

The Eugene School District’s on-time, four-year graduation rate in 2019 was 77.8%—the highest since 2009, 3.4 percentage points higher than the previous school year, ahead of the Lane County average of 76.4%, and coming closer to the statewide average of 80%, which is also a new high.

Additional students complete high school in a fifth year or with an alternate credential. These other high school graduation and completion rates also rose significantly in 2019.

Graduation rates are climbing across the district.

On-time graduation rates rose at all four comprehensive high schools in the Eugene School District in 2019. The largest increases were achieved at North Eugene and Churchill, with smaller increases at Sheldon and South Eugene high schools.

On-time graduation rates exceeded 90% at three of the four high schools and approached that level in the fourth. The district and Churchill graduation rate are the highest reported since 2009, the first year Oregon began measuring graduation rates by tracking cohorts of students, and the highest ever under modern graduation measurements for North Eugene, Sheldon and South Eugene.

Churchill High School’s on-time graduation rate rose nearly 9 percentage points to 90.1% after a dip the previous year. At North Eugene, 86.4% of students graduated on time in 2019, an increase of 5 percentage points over the previous year and an exceptional 15.6% over two years. The district’s smaller alternative high school programs, reported under Eugene Education Options, saw a decline of 2.6 points.

Some opportunity and achievement gaps have narrowed.

Graduation rates improved for most but not all groups of 4J students in 2019. Gaps narrowed for some groups of traditionally underserved students, including the three largest such groups in the district: students who are economically disadvantaged, have disabilities, or are Hispanic / Latinx. Despite these gains, opportunity and achievement gaps persist, as they do across Oregon and the United States.

Our goal is to help all students succeed. We’re working to get there. 

Every increase in on-time graduation rates and other measures of high school completion means a real difference for students’ futures. The rising graduation rates reflect the implementation of successful systems and strategies including:

  • Providing more learning time by restoring a full school year, providing full schedules for more high school students, and focusing on improving attendance
  • Investing in engaging, high-quality learning with modernized curriculum and expanded hands-on career-related learning opportunities
  • Using data to monitor student progress and provide supports for attendance, behavior and academic learning needs
  • Expanding opportunities for students to stay on track for graduation, including online courses for credit recovery and the AVID program that helps students build skills for high school and college success.

Eugene School District 4J is focused on helping all students complete high school ready for college, careers and life. While there is still much work to be done to reach this goal, these successes are noteworthy. We’re proud of our 4J students and staff and their hard work to achieve these gains.


2019 on-time graduation rates in Eugene School District 4J 

Chart of 2019 graduation rates in Eugene School District 4J, data also shown in table

  2019 on-time grads 2018
on-time grads
on-time grads
Change over
1 year 
(% points)
Change over
2 years 
(% points)
Eugene School District 4J 77.8% 74.4% 73.7% 3.4% 4.1%
Churchill High School 90.1% 81.2% 85.9% 8.9% 4.2%
North Eugene High School 86.4% 81.4% 70.9% 5.0% 15.5%
Sheldon High School 90.4% 88.3% 88.1% 2.1% 2.3%
South Eugene High School 91.6% 91.4% 90.0% 0.2% 1.6%
Eugene Education Options (alternative high school programs) 18.1% 20.7% 18.6% 2.6% 0.5%


About the numbers

The on-time or “four-year cohort” graduation rate tracks students beginning in ninth grade and measures how many of those students graduate within four years. The rate is adjusted for students moving in or out of the district. Students who take an extra year to graduate are included in a five-year graduation rate.

Students who complete their high school education by alternate means, such as a GED or an extended diploma, are not included in the graduation rate but are included in high school completion rates.

The districtwide graduation rate also includes students in charter schools and alternative education providers, in addition to the 4J high schools listed above.

For more information about high school graduation rates in Oregon, see www.oregon.gov/ode.

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