Mary Persons High Announces the 2019 Four-year Graduation Cohort Rate

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Mary Persons High School announces the 2019 four-year graduation cohort rate.  The rate rose to 86.6%, the fourth highest recorded graduation rate in the school's history.   The previous year's local graduation rate was 84.8%.  

"The graduation rate for the 2018-2019 school year is truly a collaborative effort. This achievement is a testament to the efforts of a supportive and informed BOE, dedicated and talented Pre-K-12 teachers, effective administrators and support personnel, engaged parents and community members, and motivated and inspired students. This is truly great work by all stakeholder groups," stated Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman.  "Our entire staff has done an outstanding job getting students ready for post-secondary education, the world of work, and military service."     

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Georgia's 2019 high school graduation rate continues to rise, from 79.0% in 2015 to 82.0% in 2019.  
Georgia calculates a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate as required by federal law. This rate is the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who form the adjusted cohort for the graduating class. From the beginning of ninth grade, students who are entering that grade for the first time form a cohort that is subsequently "adjusted" by adding any students who transfer into the cohort over the next three years, and subtracting any students who transfer out. 
While all states use the same calculation, each state sets its own requirements for students to earn a regular high school diploma. Georgia has some of the highest requirements in the nation for students to graduate with a regular diploma.
"This increase in our graduation rate can be traced back directly to our teachers, counselors, graduation coach, administrators, and support personnel" said Dr. Jim Finch, principal at Mary Persons High School. "Additionally, we're grateful for the funding and support of so many extra-curricular activities from our central office and BOE leaders. Research is clear about the graduation rates of students who are involved in campus life activities. As a result, our faculty focuses on providing a quality educational experience through a rigorous academic program that is supported by extra-curricular activities in the arts, athletics, and CTAE clubs."