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Local High School Graduation Rates; L’burg On Top Again

Posted On January 19, 2016

By Mike Perleberg

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(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana’s high school graduation rate continues to be much better than it was even just nine years ago.

In 2007, the state graduation rate was 78.4 percent. New numbers released by the Indiana Department of Education on Friday, January 15 show the state’s grad rate in 2015 was 88.9 percent. While it is an improvement from a decade ago, it is off slightly from 2014’s rate of 89.8 percent.

Lawrenceburg High School had the highest graduation rate locally at 98.6 percent in 2015, an improvement from 2014’s rate of 96.6 percent. It is the second consecutive year that LHS has led our five-county southeast Indiana region in graduation.

Lawrenceburg Community Schools Superintendent Karl Galey says the district has increased its graduation rate from 76.1 percent in 2007. The high school’s graduation rate has been above 90 percent each of the past five years.

“We contribute that to the increased rigor and expectations at the high school and the early college partnership with Vincennes University,” Galey said Tuesday.

The superintendent said he is proud of staff in all of the district’s schools in helping meet the corporation mission to prepare students for postsecondary opportunity in a changing global economy.

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Batesville High school was up there at 97.7 percent. Switzerland County High School and Oldenburg Academy were both better than 96 percent. It is a marked turnaround at Switzerland County, where just two years ago the graduation rate was about 77 percent.

Jac-Cen-Del had the area’s lowest graduation rate at 77.6 percent last year, a decline from 86.7 percent a year earlier.

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says the 2015 graduation rate is a testament to the commitment of dedicated educators and the excellence of Hoosier students.

“I am pleased with the progress that Indiana’s schools have made in recent years to increase the number of high school graduates.  However, there is still work to be done to address the diverse needs of students across our state and to close the achievement gaps between student populations.  As Superintendent, I will continue to provide support to our schools so that educators have the resources they need to support Hoosier student,” Ritz said.

2015 INDIANA GRADUATION RATES

SCHOOL CORPORATION COHORT COUNT GRADUATES 2015 GRAD RATE
Sunman-Dearborn  (East Central) 300 282 94.0%
South Dearborn 204 184 90.2%
Lawrenceburg 138 136 98.6%
Franklin County 200 187 93.5%
Rising Sun-Ohio County 64 61 95.3%
South Ripley 100 85 85.0%
Batesville 173 169 97.7%
Jac-Cen-Del 67 52 77.6%
Milan 105 99 94.3%
Oldenburg Academy 51 49 96.1%
Switzerland County 106 102 96.2%
Indiana (statewide) 78,774 70,026 88.9%
   Source: Indiana Department of Education

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