By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Gwinnett four-year graduation rate continues to climb, contributing to state’s increase

Gwinnett County Public Schools’ focus on providing rigor in the classroom and ensuring students are learning the district’s AKS curriculum is resulting in continued improvement in the graduation rate.

This year’s rate of 78.1 percent represents a 3.1 percentage point increase over last year and a 10.5 percentage point increase over the last five years. In fact, this year’s results indicate 17 of Gwinnett’s 19 traditional high schools demonstrated improvement in the four-year cohort graduation rate over the previous year.

In looking at the results, the schools with the highest graduation rates in the county are Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (98.9 percent), North Gwinnett High School (93.2 percent), and Brookwood High School (92.5 percent). Several schools saw impressive one-year gains: Meadowcreek High School (16.5 percent), South Gwinnett High School (8.9 percent), and Duluth High School (8.4 percent). Also significant are the schools that have shown the greatest growth in their graduation rates over the last five years (Lanier High School- up 23.8 percent, Central Gwinnett High School- up 23.3 percent, and South Gwinnett High School- up 23 percent).

Associate Superintendent for School Improvement and Operations Kevin Tashlein is pleased with the progress to date but knows there is work still to do. He says, “With 10 percent of the state’s students attending our schools, the work we have done to improve the graduation rate over the past few years has certainly had a positive impact on the state’s rate. More importantly, it is making a difference in the lives of our students. It is not enough that just more of them are graduating in four years… we have to ensure that they are better prepared for college and the workplace. That is our ultimate goal.

As a district, we are looking at how we can continue to improve. We continue to study what is working in the schools that are getting results to determine how we can replicate that success elsewhere. The focus on project-based learning, our work to increase student engagement, and the expansion of our academy models are just a few examples.”

The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student first becomes a freshman; it is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers.

Gwinnett 2015 Four‐Year Graduation Rate by School

School Name 2015

Archer High School 87.8

Berkmar High School 63.1

Brookwood High School 92.5

Central Gwinnett High School 80.2

Collins Hill High School 83.2

Dacula High School 85.7

Duluth High School 82.0

Grayson High School 90.1

Gwinnett Online Campus 24.1

GSMST 98.9

Lanier High School 84.5

Meadowcreek High School 68.5

Mill Creek High School 88.7

Mountain View High School 85.8

Norcross High School 75.9

North Gwinnett High School 93.2

Parkview High School 91.0

Peachtree Ridge High School 90.8

Phoenix High School 10.0

Shiloh High School 72.9

South Gwinnett High School 85.0

All Schools 78.1

*These schools are non-traditional schools (serving students who choose a different school setting as it may take them longer to graduate.)