Still, some of Atlanta's lowest performing schools saw significant improvements in their graduation rates. Douglass High School and BEST Academy, where less than two-thirds of the Class of 2015 graduated on time, saw double-digit gains this year.
Atlanta high schools with the highest graduation rates include Carver Early College High School; KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, a charter school; and Corretta Scott King Womens' Leadership Academy.
This year's drop comes a year after Atlanta saw a big jump in its graduation rate after the state eliminated the High School Graduation Test requirement. Starting with the Class of 2015, high school students must take state tests in certain subjects, but don't have to pass the tests to graduate.
Atlanta school superintendent Meria Carstarphen said she was pleased that the district largely maintained last year’s increase.
“That shows that our progress in graduating more students in APS is significant, real and sustainable. But we must move the graduation rate even higher in years to come by continuing to provide supports for our high schools and also by addressing the deficits in literacy and math that many of our students bring with them from lower grades,” she said in a written statement.
You can find information about Atlanta Public Schools, such as test scores, graduation rates, and school climate ratings at the Ultimate Atlanta Schools guide.
Atlanta high school 2016 graduation rates
Source: Georgia Department of Education. *Therrell High School's 2015 rate includes the schools of Engineering, Math, and Science; Health and Science; and Law, Government and Public Service.