DeKalb County School District 2021 graduation rate shows slight dip

DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD) four-year graduation rate for the class of 2021 decreased by approximately half a percentage point from the rate in 2020.

The latest data was released Oct. 21 from Georgia Department of Education. It showed the 2021 graduation rate as 75.41 compared to 75.97 in 2020.

“Under normal circumstances, increasing a school graduation rate is not an easy feat. In light of the pandemic and the continued remote learning environment, we applaud our students, families, teachers and school administrators for their efforts,” said DCSD Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris.

Some schools in the district did make gains; Towers High School increased graduation rates by 14.50 percent while Clarkston High School increased graduation rates by 12.85 percent. Clarkston High School has also met exit criteria and has been removed from the state-identified CSI Graduation Rate improvement list, according to officials.

“The tremendous gains in the graduation rates at Towers High School and Clarkston High School are an outstanding accomplishment in the face of adversity. We commend and celebrate both schools and their communities,” said Watson-Harris.

DeKalb County School district lags behind the state’s average. Georgia’s high school 2021 graduation rate is 83.7 percent, a slight decrease from 83.8 percent in 2020.

DCSD officials said the district has launched “Operation Graduation 2022,” an initiative described as “focusing on positive interactions, high expectations, relevant and rigorous learning experiences, and opportunities for success to realize the aspirational vision of the DeKalb County graduate.”

Officials further stated, “DCSD aims to connect families and students to the appropriate wrap-around support and services to ensure all students graduate and are prepared for their preferred futures, including college, military, or a self-sustaining career.”

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