The University of Rochester and East High School presented a progress report Thursday, detailing the school’s partnership with the university and plans to get out of state receivership.

The school’s population has made tremendous gains since the partnership began, including increasing graduation rates by more than 20 percent.

But even as the school community works to emerge from receivership, there are still major challenges at hand.

“I think every day we encounter new challenges,” said Marlene Blocker, East High’s principal. “I think we’re making incremental progress, but some of the challenges, I am not sure we have answer for how to completely fix, so we have to continue to figure out ways to become more and more creative to circumvent the things that are holding the kids down.”