Every senior at an Aurora Public Schools high school walked across the stage in 2018, earning their diploma and pursuing their path toward college and career success. When all 78 seniors at Aurora West College Preparatory Academy graduated, they made Aurora West the first APS high school in history to achieve a 4-year graduation rate of 100%.
APS celebrated this historical success in a surprise assembly for Aurora West students. Members of the Class of 2018 returned for the celebration, including 2018 Student Body President Miguel Rodriguez who spoke about the school’s efforts to reach a historic milestone.
“This incredible accomplishment demonstrates the strong student-focused culture we have created at Aurora West,” said Principal Taya Tselolikhina. “When you establish high expectations and follow up with high levels of support, every student is able to shape a successful future.”
Across the district, graduation rates continue to show incredibly positive momentum. APS achieved a 4-year graduation rate of 76.5% in 2018. This represents a nearly 25% increase within five years. Within just the last year, graduation rates rose 8.9%. Part of this growth came from new legislation that made it possible to count ASCENT students in the 4-year rate. The ASCENT program allows students to remain in high school for a fifth year to earn free college credit. APS has one of the highest numbers of students who take advantage of ASCENT in the state.