The Cherokee County School District’s graduation rate has reached a new high, with 87.4% of the Class of 2018 earning a diploma within four years of entering high school.
The CCSD graduation rate is an increase from 86.5% in 2017, according to a new report from the Georgia Department of Education released on Wednesday. The rate also continues to exceed the statewide average, topping the State’s 2018 rate of 81.6%. Georgia, along with the rest of the United States, calculates graduation rates based upon a 4-year cohort methodology. CCSD has grown its graduation rate almost 15 percentage points since 2012.
“Setting a new high point for our graduation rate is great news for our school district and our community,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “While we celebrate the achievement of the Class of 2018, we also take the opportunity to examine what we more we can do to assist students who need a little more time and support to earn their diploma, whether due to special needs, a medical issue or struggles at home.”
Dr. Hightower said several programs, including ACE Academy alternative day school, Polaris Evening School, online credit recovery courses, graduation coaching and the CHOICE special education program, have contributed to increasing rates. The district also implemented a new course extension program in high schools last year.
“Graduation is the celebration of our students’ lifetime of work so far, supported by their families, teachers and the entire school community,” Dr. Hightower said. “Together, we are ensuring that our ‘emerging generation’ is ready for future success!”