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High School Graduation Rate Continues to Climb

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High School Graduation Rate Continues to Climb

Ontario Government Helping 115,500 More Young People Succeed

Ministry of Education

Ontario's high school graduation rate has increased for the eighth year in a row, resulting in more students gaining the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

Last year, 83 per cent of high school students graduated, a jump of 15 percentage points from the 2003-04 rate of 68 per cent. This means 115,500 more students have graduated than would have had the rate remained at the 2003-04 level.                                 

The steady increase in the graduation rate shows the government's Student Success programs,  such as Specialist High Skills Majors, dual credits and expanded co-operative education, along with the hard work of students, teachers, principals, support staff and parents, are producing strong results.

Helping students flourish is part of the new Ontario government's plan to build a fair society and a strong economy.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is committed to reaching an 85 per cent graduation rate.
  • Ontario calculates its graduation rate based on a five-year cohort because it is a more complete measure. Statistics Canada has endorsed this method of calculation.
  • Extracurricular activities have recently returned to many elementary and high schools across the province.

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Liz Sandals

“The increase in the graduation rate represents 115,500 lives that have been changed for the better. These are students who are in a better position to succeed today because they have graduated, and I am proud of the efforts that teachers, principals, support staff and parents have made to help these students succeed.”

Liz Sandals

Minister of Education

Media Contacts

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    Communications Branch



  • Patrick Searle

    Minister's Office




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