City Schools of Decatur graduation rate is third highest in the state

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 10, 2015
The front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

A report on graduation rates in Georgia shows that City Schools of Decatur is tied for third highest in the state, with 97.1 percent of students earning a diploma.

Decatur ranked behind Chickamauga City and Union County, tied for first at 97.3 percent, and Hancock County, with a graduation rate of 97.2 percent. Decatur is tied with Bremen City and Trion City for the third place spot. Decatur graduated 238 students out of a class of 245, the most of any of the schools in the top three.

City Schools of Decatur has one high school, giving it an advantage over its peers in the metro area. Atlanta Public Schools posted a graduation rate of 71.5 percent, with 2,116 students out of a class of 2,960 earning diplomas. DeKalb County Schools had a graduation rate of 70.9 percent, with 5,046 students out of a class of 7,115 earning diplomas.

Statewide, the graduation rate rose from 72.5 percent in 2014 to 78.8 percent in 2015, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

According to a press release from Georgia DOE, “This is the first class not required to take the Georgia High School Graduation Test in order to receive a regular diploma, as Georgia moves away from a one-size-fits-all approach to graduation. There is evidence that focusing less on testing, and more on career education and personalized paths to graduation, opens up opportunities for students. The graduation rate for students who complete a Career Pathway is much higher – at 89 percent – than the rate for students who do not.”

Here is the graduation rate for all school systems in Georgia, provided by Georgia DOE:

2015 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate – State District School (2)

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