By the Numbers: A Strong Competitive Advantage

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By the Numbers: A Strong Competitive Advantage

students work on building their vex robot

By the Numbers: A Strong Competitive Advantage

St. Vrain Valley Schools is moving the needle on academic growth and student success to deliver a strong competitive advantage for all students. A few of the many highlights include:

Graduation Rate: Nearing 92%

St. Vrain has among the most rigorous graduation requirements in the state, giving students a strong advantage for postsecondary and career opportunities. St. Vrain’s four-year graduation rate is nearing 92%, an increase of approximately 16 percentage points since 2010 (at the same time graduation requirements increased). The district’s Hispanic graduate rate continues to increase at a faster rate than the district total, going from 55.9% in 2010 to 84% in 2021.

Drop Out Rate: 0.7%

The district’s drop out rate remains below 1%, currently at 0.7% for all students.

Advanced Placement: 92%

In 2021, the district administered 4,046 AP exams, with a 75% increase of Black students taking AP Exams in 5 years while maintaining the percentage of student scoring 3 or higher; 57% increase of Hispanic students taking AP Exams in 6 years while maintaining the percentage of students scoring 3 or higher; and 48% increase of White students taking AP Exams in 5 years while increasing the percentage of students scoring 3 or higher. St. Vrain Valley Schools was one of four Colorado school districts and one of 373 nationwide to make the College Board’s Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP courses for all students.

College Credits: 21,000

2022 graduates enrolled in a record number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and concurrent enrollment college courses, giving them the opportunity to start their postsecondary education with approximately 21,000 college credits on their transcripts, potentially saving their families $5.3 million in tuition costs.

Legislative Success: 87.5%

Between 2014-2022, St. Vrain has pass 13 bills in the Colorado Legislature, continuing to strengthen public education in Colorado.

Expulsions Rate: Significant Declines

Expulsion rates continue to decline significantly in the district from 40 expulsions in the 2011-2012 school year to 0 in the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school year, and four in the 2020-2021 school year.

Co-Curricular Participation: 74%

Approximately 82% of St. Vrain’s high school students are engaged in the arts,
Student engagement in athletics, arts, and co-curricular activities continues to increase with 74% of all students engaged in activities beyond the traditional school day, an increase of 18% over the past five years, the majority of which is reflective of increased participation of our students of color.

Competitive Grants: $32,000,000

St. Vrain has been awarded approximately $32 million in competitive grants for advancing innovation and student learning.

Industry Partners: 120+

St. Vrain has over 120 business and corporate partners who support student advancement opportunities.

State Standardized Assessments

St. Vrain outperformed the state average on all 12 state standardized assessments in 2022. In 2022, St. Vrain posted its highest third grade reading scores in the history of administering the CMAS assessment, and on fifth grade CMAS reading achievement, Hispanic students increased the percentage of students meeting or exceeding expectations by 10% over 5 years, while the state only increased by 2%. Over the past several years, St. Vrain has increased participation in Algebra 1 in 8th grade by 6% for all students and 7% for Hispanic students. Additionally, St. Vrain Valley outscores state and national scores on the SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 9.

School Accreditation

In 2022, all but one school was listed in the state’s top two performance categories for school accreditation.

Financial Reserves: $120,000,000+

St. Vrain’s financial reserves have been built to $120 million (34% of the general fund budget), a 100% increase since 2015. The St. Vrain finance team has been recognized with numerous state and national awards for 19 consecutive years.

Bond Rating: AA+

Standard and Poor’s has awarded St. Vrain one of the highest bond ratings in Colorado at AA+.

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