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2016-2017 Points of Pride

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Student Learning

  • Increased Graduation Rate: Overall, HCPS graduation’s rate has increased to 79.1%, up 3-percentage points from the previous year. The graduation rate for African American students increased by 9% and Hispanic student graduation rates increased by 7% from the previous year.

  • Academic Achievement: Seventy-five seniors were recognized in 2016 for their outstanding academic achievement among U.S. high school students - 58 National Merit Finalists Scholars, 16 National Hispanic Scholars, and 11 National Achievement Scholars (nearly double the number of national scholars from 2015).

  • College Readiness: With a focus on college readiness, HCPS saved families more than $15 million dollars in college credits by offering AP classes ($5 million more than in 2015-2016).

  • Magnet School Excellence: In March 2017, 20 of our 33 magnet schools were recognized by the Magnet Schools of America as either a Magnet School of Excellence or a Magnet School of Distinction.

  • Nationally Ranked High Schools: Twelve Hillsborough County Public Schools were ranked among the best in the state and nationally by U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list of best high schools. The U.S. News rankings include data on close to 20,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals. The rankings are based on performance on state assessments and how well they serve all students, not just those bound for college.

    Twenty-six of Hillsborough County’s traditional public high schools were listed on the Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools.

    Hillsborough County Public Schools were ranked among the top five large districts with the highest number of students who connected with College Board and Khan Academy accounts to enhance SAT scores.

  • STEM Success: HCPS joined a national network of partners with the overall goal of developing and training 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021. HCPS is the only school district in Florida, and one of only seven districts across the nation, chosen to participate. Our STEM program recently received national attention when our STEM education director was invited to speak before the U.S. Senate on the success of our innovating curriculum, career pathways, and community partnerships.

  • Music Excellence: Our school District was recognized as one of the best in the nation for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants. Only 4% of districts nationwide received the prestigious award in 2017.

  • Career and Technical Education: We have 65 unique Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs within our high school sites. We also have 206 middle and high school CAPE (Career and Professional Education) Academies that prepare students today for the jobs of tomorrow.

  • Industry Certifications: Nearly 5,000 students earned Industry Certification in high demand fields and careers during the 2016-2017 school year making them more marketable to future employers.

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