PSD 4-year on-time graduation rate remains ahead of state average; lags compared to previous years in PSD 

Although it remains above the statewide average, Poudre School District’s on-time graduation rate dipped to 82.6% for the class of 2021.It dropped about 1.8 percentage points from 2020’s 84.4% rate, according to data released on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).  

PSD has exceeded the statewide average for four-year graduation rates in all but one year since 2010, when the state changed how the rate was reported. 

2021 PSD and Colorado graduation rates charts - information is also in the page content.

The four-year graduation rate includes students who participated in the ASCENT program. ASCENT is a fifth-year high school program that lets eligible seniors take a year of only college classes at Front Range Community College or AIMS Community College tuition-free. ASCENT students do not attend high school classes. 

CDE shifted its approach of calculating graduation rates in 2018 to include ASCENT students in the numerator for the first time. Since 2018, the state has remained consistent in including ASCENT students in the graduation totals. 

PSD’s four-year graduation rate does not include students who remain enrolled in other specialized programs including: 

  • Opportunities Unlimited – a specialized program housed at Poudre High School and Fort Collins High School with flexible hours, college courses and some online classes 
  • Cooper Home/Community Connections – life skills-transition programs for students with special needs up to age 21 

Completion rate 

The completion rate combines all graduates with those who receive a certificate, a designation of high school completion, or a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). In 2021, PSD had a four-year completion rate of 85.3%, dipping 1.1% from the previous year. 

PSD remains committed to improving graduation rates to support every student walking across the stage to accept their diploma. 

"Graduating with options is a top priority for PSD,” said PSD Superintendent Brian Kingsley. “Graduation is as much about getting every student across the stage as it is about making sure students have had opportunities to explore their passions and different career pathways.” 

Additional graduation rates: 

Class of 2020 

  • Graduation rate: 84.4% 
  • Completion rate: 86.4% 

Class of 2019 

  • Graduation rate: 83.2% 
  • Completion rate: 86.4% 

Class of 2018 

  • Graduation rate: 84% 
  • Completion rate: 86.2% 


      Note: On-time graduation rates include seniors who graduated from high school within four years and also those students who fulfilled high school requirements within four years but remained enrolled in high school to complete a fifth year taking college classes through the ASCENT program. Five, six, and seven-year graduation rates include four-year graduates plus students who took additional time to meet graduation requirements.