Campbell's High School District Has Higher Graduation Rate, Lower Dropout Rate than County

Campbell high schools have a higher graduation rate but their Hispanic and African American students have a higher rate of dropout than that of their counterparts.

Hispanic and African-American students in Campbell drop out of high school at higher rates than their peers, according to a data report released today through the Santa Clara County Office of Education, but the district as a whole has a higher graduation rate than that of the county by 2.5 percent.

Its district-wide dropout rate is also lower than the countywide average by 3.9 percent.

Total #of Students Graduation Rate Dropout Rate County 20,697 78.3% 16.8% CUHSD 1874 80.8% 12.9%


The report examined four years worth of “cohort data,” or that of a group of students that entered high school together at the same time, for all grade nine through 12 districts in Santa Clara County.

"We need to do a better job of serving all of our students," said Dr. Charles Weis, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools. "When they drop out, we not only have failed them, we have failed the entire community."

In the , which boasts about 1,874 students, the yearly drop out rate for Hispanic students in is 21.5 percent. For African-American students, it figures at 13.9 percent, compared to 9.1 percent for white students and 10.1 percent for Asian students. 

The total graduation rate for Hispanic students in Campbell is 70 percent. For African-American students it is 79 percent, 85 percent for white students, and 87 percent for Asian students.

The data is roughly in sync with countywide averages, in which Hispanic and African-American students have a 74.4 percent graduation rate, and 18.2 percent dropout rate.  In the county, Hispanics comprise 37 percent of all students, yet account for 69 percent of all drop outs.

The overall graduation rate for the county 78.3 percent. In Campbell it is 80.8 percent, with 1,633 out of 1,874 students completing their high school degree in the 2009/2010 school year.

What Campbell Union High School schools look like:

High School

Total # of Students

Graduation Rate

Dropout Rate

Branham High School 319 82.8% 8.2% Del Mar High School 298 74.8% 20.1% Leigh High School 386 92.8% 3.6% Prospect High School 317 84.9% 11% Westmont High School 398 80.9% 13.3%

A more comprehensive breakdown of the data is available through the California Office of Education.

Mayra Flores De Marcotte contributed to this article.

Louis Stone-Collonge August 12, 2011 at 01:13 AM
The county drop out rate is 16.8% and the graduation rate is 78.3%. Ummm...where did the other kids go? Or is this the new government math? You know, the math that says inflation does not include fuel or food...*sigh*
Mayra Flores de Marcotte August 12, 2011 at 04:50 AM
Thanks for the question, Louis. Here's the link to all the numbers: http://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/cohortrates/GradRates.aspx?cds=43000000000000&TheYear=2009-10&Agg=O&Topic=Dropouts&RC=County&SubGroup=Ethnic/Racial. I'm not quite sure how to answer your question (although the missing 4.9 might be in the "still enrolled" kids) so I will get back to you as soon as I find out for sure. Thanks for reading!


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