District One graduation at all time high of 92%

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The state department of education recently released the SC district and school report cards which show Anderson School District One has increased it’s graduation rate from 90.8 to 92 surpassing the state’s grad rate of 80.3.

Jane Harrison, Assistant Superintendent, said, “High school graduation is one of the greatest accomplishments for our students and our parents, as well as every school in Anderson District One. It is a most necessary tool for any young person to achieve success in the world today. Starting in kindergarten, we focus on helping each student reach their full potential and obtain a high school diploma. We are so appreciative for all of our teachers, K-12, that impact student learning and encourage students to persevered and graduate.”  

Principal of Powdersville High, Dr. Chris Ferguson, said, “The class of 2015 was the first class to complete all four years at Powdersville High School and 96.2% of these students graduated on time. Among public schools with over 300 students that are non-charter and non-magnet, this is the highest graduation rate in South Carolina. We are extremely proud of the hard-work of our students and faculty as well as the parents in our community to help such a large percentage of our students graduate college and career ready.”

Palmetto High School saw an increase in their grad rate from last year. Principal Robby Roach, said “ We are very excited about exceeding 90 percent and committed to continuing to focus every resource and effort to improve upon that. This achievement is unquestionably the result of the hard work and dedication of our staff as well as the staffs of Palmetto Middle, Palmetto Elementary, Cedar Grove Elementary, West Pelzer Elementary, and the Anderson One and Two Career and Technology Center. We appreciate the role that all of these schools have played in this effort.”

“It is wonderful and exciting to see that our high school graduation rate continues to go up in Anderson One. Graduation rate is a comprehensive and collaborative effort for all of our staff and schools. I am proud of the results and commend our students, parents, teachers and school communities for their progress,” said Superintendent David Havird.

The state did not issue report card ratings this year but Anderson One has maintained an Excellent rating for the past five years.

Also 48.8 percent of seniors in Anderson One qualified for the Life Scholarship, according to Harrison.