Central Georgia high schools boosting graduation rates

The state says Central Georgia schools are doing a better job of keeping their students through graduation day.
 
In fact, two high schools – Twiggs County High and Southwest in Bibb – nearly doubled their graduation rates over the past five years.
 
Georgia's Department of Education on Wednesday released new numbers say the state's high-school graduatin last year rose over 80 percent. That means four out of five Georgia ninth graders will graduate four years later.
 
The state says that rate has risen about 11 points over the past five years.
 
Some Central Georgia schools are helping to lead the way.
 
At Twiggs County High School, the rate has jumped 44 points since 2012. Now 90 percent of their students graduate.
 
Five years ago, Bibb County's Southwest High had one of the state's lowest graduation rates. They've raised their rate by 39 points, to 76 percent.
 
Nearly a dozen other area high schools raised their rate by more than 20 points: Northeast High School, 33%, Macon County, 31%, Wilcox County, 29%, Westside High (BIbb), 29%, Central High(BIbb), 29%, Dodge County, 27%, Wilkinson County, 27; Baldwin County, 24%, Crawford County High, 21%, Johnson County, 21, Howard High School (BIbb),  20%.
 
The state Department of Education says the rate is rising as districts increase students' access to "unique, personalized learning opportunities" -- incuding Career Pathways, dual enrollment, AP and IB programs, work-based learning, and internships.
 
Meanwhile, Bibb County was celebrating increases at all six high schools over the past five years.
 
"I am beyond excited to see our hard work paying off," said Superintendent Dr. Curtis L. Jones Jr., according to a news release.  "These scores are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff, who are implementing initiatives and building relationships with students to ensure they are successful and prepared for college or career. This is what Victory in Progress looks like – it's doing the right work every day to move our District and our community forward." 
 
Bibb's rate has risen 25 points in five years, to 77 percent.
 
Jones, hired in 2013, set a goal for an 80 percent graduation rate by 2020 and 90 percent by 2025.
 
Among Central Georgia public schools, Bleckley County High School had the highest graduation rate this year, 98 percent. Bibb County's Westside and Rutland had the lowest, both 74.8 percent.
 
 
Graduation rates for Central Georgia public high schools: 
 
  2012 Rate 2017 grads 2017 rate Increase
Baldwin High  63.37 262 88.8 25.4
Bleckley County High  79.79 150 98 18.2
Central High  52.77 234 79.9 27.1
Crawford County High  58.17 93 79.5 21.3
Dodge County High  70.04 176 96.7 26.7
Dooly County High  60.22 86 75.4 15.2
Dublin High  87.97 118 90.8 2.8
East Laurens High  66.12 111 82.8 16.7
Hancock Central High  86.52 79 95.2 8.7
Hawkinsville High  70.25 83 85.6 15.3
Houston County High  86.27 408 94.7 8.4
Howard High  63.16 256 83.1 20
Johnson County High   66.67 71 87.7 21
Jones County High  74.94 344 85.4 10.4
Macon County High  56.25 108 87.1 30.8
Mary Persons High  80.07 290 86.8 6.8
Northeast High  47.15 151 80.3 33.2
Northside High  72.54 411 88.4 15.8
Peach County High  66.56 214 83.3 16.7
Perry High  80.19 294 92.7 12.6
Putnam County High  69.59 165 90.7 21.1
Rutland High  64.08 208 74.8 10.7
Southwest High  39.13 177 76 36.8
Taylor County High  68.91 82 86.3 17.4
Telfair County High  69.31 108 85 15.7
Twiggs County High  45.95 54 90 44.1
Veterans High  89.13 305 92.1 3
Washington County High  81.82 204 87.9 6.1
West Laurens High  73.21 262 86.8 13.5
Westside High 46.11 226 74.8 28.7
Wheeler County High  76.27 61 87.1 10.9
Wilcox County High  60.75 87 89.7 28.9
Wilkinson County High  66.67 98 93.3 26.7
 
 
 
 

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