The Richmond County School System announced today that it has a 79 percent graduation rate for the 2016-2017 school year, the county’s highest graduation rate in 10 years.
That is a significant increase from last year’s 76.7 percent, which dropped from 77.6 percent from 2014-15.
“By working with our community and business partners, we continue to show students a life beyond the classroom. These initiatives will continue to improve our graduation rate,” Superintendent Dr. Angela Pringle said in a statement.
Pringle and the board have been working closely with the Chamber of Commerce and local businesses to increase graduation rates through programs like Reaching Potential Through Manufacturing and more.
Marion Barnes, president of the Board of Education, said that Hephzibah, Josey and Westside high schools and the Academy of Richmond County all obtained their highest graduation rates since 2004. Glenn Hills High School posted its highest graduation rate in five years.
Glenn Hills and Josey were placed on the state’s priority list for underperforming schools last year.