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Barrow County School System: BCSS REACHES 91% DEGREE RATE


21 October 2021

The Barrow County school system achieved a high school graduation rate of 91.0% with 814 graduates. The Barrow County class of 2021 had the highest graduation rate of any class in BCSS history since graduation rates were measured statewide (as of 2000). The 2021 cohort successfully graduated, despite the challenges of the pandemic in their final year and a half of high school (March 2020-May 2021).

The Georgia Department of Education released statewide high school graduation rates for the class of 2021. Georgia saw a slight decline from 83.8% in 2020 to 83.7% in 2021, which they attributed to learning challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Georgia, graduation rates are measured by the “cohort” method. Cohort methods measure the percentage of students in a school who graduate within four years of entering high school.

Barrow County is above the state average, posting a graduation rate of 91.0% for 2021.

Barrow County School System: 91.0%

Georgia 4-year cohort: 83.7%

Schools in Barrow County systematically use the data to identify the individual learning needs of students at all grade levels and to support each student in a safe environment. The district has developed mechanisms to track students throughout their four years of high school, allowing schools to provide increased support earlier to at-risk students.

“I am very proud of all of our teachers, staff, students and parents for the dedication and hard work that is required to help our students cross the finish line of high school graduation!” shared Superintendent Dr. Chris McMichael. “It’s an incredible achievement. We have made this a goal in our strategic plan and we are delighted to have reached this milestone. “

In just seven years under Dr. McMichael’s leadership as superintendent, the graduation rate has increased by almost 19%. The focus on keeping students engaged in their learning and goals has led to a significant increase in the rate from 85.1% in 2020 to 91.0% in 2021.

Apalachee High School also saw a significant increase from 85.8% to 92.1% from 2020 to 2021, with 386 students graduating in 2021. success. We could not be more proud of the hard work, effort and dedication that has resulted in the highest graduation rate in the history of Apalachee High School, ”said Principal Jennifer Martin. “The collective effort of our elementary and middle schools feeding provides a solid foundation for our students, working collaboratively with each school and focusing on our daily opportunities to put students on the right path to success. “

Winder-Barrow High School saw a positive jump from 84.4% in 2020 to 89.9% in 2021. The class of 2021 had 428 students crossing the WBHS 50-meter line, a goal that is emphasized throughout their course. academic career. “We are thrilled with our 5.5% increase for the 2021 class,” said manager Derrick Maxwell. “It was a gigantic effort by all teachers and staff to reach out to individual students, even many who were at home and had unique needs during the pandemic. We plan to continue and increase our efforts and look forward to doing so. see our class of 2022 break through the 50-yard line. “

The Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy, which opened in 2020, will have its first class in 2023.


This press release was produced by the Barrow County School System. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.


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