The 2018 high school graduation rate for the Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) rose to 85.39 percent from 81.36 percent last year.
The Georgia Department of Education released scores yesterday for all Georgia high schools.
Increases were seen in all three GSCS high school graduation rates. Griffin High School’s graduation rate rose to 88.41 percent from 87.15 percent, Spalding High rose to 85.8 percent from 79.7 percent and A.Z. Kelsey Academy rose to 56.41 percent from 47.7 percent.
The state's graduation rate reached 81.6 percent which is up from 80.6 percent in the prior year. GSCS graduation rate is higher than the state’s average for the second year in a row.
GSCS Superintendent James D. Smith stated, “The rise in graduation rate is attributable to a greater focus on individual student needs, close monitoring of student progress, quickly identifying students in need of support and providing additional help, the use of credit recovery and the utilization of block scheduling which provides students more opportunities to be successful.”
“Clearly our focus on graduation is leading us in the right direction and I am excited to move forward focused on empowering our students to graduate college and career ready,” added Smith.