Graduation Rate Continues to Improve
Grenada School District is dedicated to improving our graduation rate and decreasing the number of dropouts. In order to qualify for graduation, GHS students must pass all course work and four State tests. These SATP (Subject Area Testing Program) exams include US History, Biology I, Algebra I, and English II. The 2013 graduating class of over 240 students will receive their diplomas on Friday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m. in Charger Stadium (weather permitting-Rain Date-May 25) culminating many years of study and hard work. This year’s class numbers more graduates than last year and marks a continuous march of improvements in our District. GSD has developed a learning environment that emphasizes academic achievement. We track each aspect of teacher and student performance to provide adequate feedback for flexible instructional adjustments.
Our graduation rate has improved significantly since 2005. In 2013, our graduation rate has risen to 68.7%, an improvement of 21.2%. Although we still have room for growth, GSD is on the right path. This improvement is due to several initiatives implemented to increase our completion and graduation rates.
These achievement results have been obtained through a collaboration of teachers and administrative staff to increase our students’ levels of learning. Careful planning, organization, addressing our academic goals, and an immense amount of focus have resulted in great improvement in our graduation rate and academic skills. We are so proud of the efforts of all of our students and staff!
Tutoring programs, grant initiatives, motivational strategies, subject area remediation, and positive behavioral classroom management are several initiatives that have contributed to our growth. Teaching the curriculum objectives, targeted ongoing testing, and meticulous analysis of test data enable our teachers and staff to constantly monitor student progress and adjust teaching strategies as needed.
Dropout Prevention Coordinator Lynne Russell states, “The effectiveness of our strategies to improve our graduation rate is ensuring that all students reach ambitious levels of performance as evidenced by our improved graduation/completion rates.”
Our ongoing goals and commitment for progress for every student at every school drive our quest for excellence. Educational achievement provides the vehicle for success for our students and our County in today’s economy, giving all of our community’s children the foundation for a successful life. Our District’s achievements are the result of our focused goals and hard work. We are looking forward to continued growth in the 2013-14 school year!