School districts in the Garden Grove-Stanton-Westminster area had lower high school dropout rates than the state average for 2010-2011, according to a report issued on Wednesday by the state Department of Education.
The statewide average for students in grades nine through 12 is 4.3 percent. The Orange County average is 2.4 percent.
For the Garden Grove Unified School District, which serves most of Garden Grove and parts of Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster, the high school dropout rate was reported at 2.4 percent.
For the Anaheim Union High School District, which includes most of Anaheim as well as parts of Stanton, the figure was at 3 percent.
The Huntington Beach Union School District, which serves Huntington Beach and parts of Fountain Valley and Westminster, was at 0.7 percent.
In the Orange Unified School District, which includes a slice of Garden Grove east of Haster Street, the rate was 2 percent.
The worst dropout rate for Orange County was in the Santa Ana Unified School District at 3.6 percent. The best was Los Alamitos Unified at 0.2 percent, followed closely by the Irvine USD at 0.4 percent.
For local schools, the results were mixed compared to 2009-10 numbers. The GGUSD saw its dropout rate fall from 2.9 percent to 2.4 percent, and the HBUHSD’s rate declined from 1.4 to 0.7 percent. However, the rates rose in the AUHSD (2.1 to 3 percent) and OUSD (1.2 to 2 percent).