Burbank high schools are outperforming many of their counterparts up and down the state in retaining and graduating students, according to data released this week.
Of the 1,329 Burbank students who started high school in 2007, 91.4% made it through to graduation in 2011 while 5.3% dropped out, according to California Department of Education data released Wednesday. The remaining students completed special education programs, were still working toward a diploma or passed the state General Educational Test.
Statewide, 76.3% of California high school students scheduled to graduate in 2011 did so, while 14.4% dropped out.
Emilio Urioste, former principal of Burroughs High School and newly appointed director of secondary education, said Burbank Unified has made concerted efforts in recent years to tackle dropouts on a student-by-student basis. Counselors and administrators identify and meet with at-risk students and their parents to map out strategies, he said.
“It is that individualized attention that brings the parents in,” Urioste said. “It really ratchets up the assistance and the expectations for those children.”