GHS Graduation Rate Increases

GHS Graduation Rate Increases
GHS Graduation Rate Increases On November 10, the Georgia Department of Education released that Georgia’s graduation rate increased again in 2020, rising to 83.8% – an all-time high since the state began using the adjusted cohort calculation now required by federal law - and up from 82% in 2019.  Georgia's graduation rate has increased by 14.1 percentage points since 2012, with steady increases each year.

“I'm very proud today of the class of 2020," State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “These students were faced with difficulties none of us could have imagined due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they have shown over and over again -- in ACT and SAT results, in their personal accomplishments, and now in this graduation rate – that they were able to rise above. While these results are positive, we cannot stop here. We must provide tailored and personalized pathways to ensure every student sees the relevance in their education, stays in school, and receives a high-school diploma that prepares them for their future."  

Gainesville City School System announced an increase in Gainesville High School’s graduation rate which rose to 86.1% for the 2020 school year, surpassing the state average.  The overall 4-year cohort graduation rate increased by 5.08%, when compared to the 2019 graduation rate of 81.02%.

“Each of the [approximately] 500 graduates of the Class of 2020 who earned the coveted GHS diploma did so during the most difficult and unprecedented of circumstances. Because of their individual talents and the support of the entire community, they were able to finish strong and prepare for the next phase of their lives,” said Jamie Green, GHS Principal. “Our students earned almost $8,000,000 of merit based scholarships and [were accepted] at some of the nation's most prestigious universities. We are excited to track their success as they look to become leaders and influencers in the local community and beyond.”

In March, the global pandemic forced school systems to switch from in-person to remote instruction.  Graduating seniors had to adjust to online learning during the final, crucial months of their high school careers.

“Last year's graduating class overcame many hurdles to stay on track and graduate,” Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Williams said. “We are proud of the students, families, teachers, administrators, and other support staff and cannot wait to see how our graduates positively impact communities in the future.  With alumni now enrolled at Wellesley, Wake Forest, Air Force Academy, our amazing in-state institutions, and many out-of-state institutions, the Big Red Class of 2020 continues to expand beyond Gainesville."
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