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State, area graduation rates rise

January 3, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS : Indiana saw its graduation rate creep up slightly in 2018, the Indiana Department of Education said Wednesday.

Locally, most public high schools in Allen County kept up. Only three of the 12 schools fell short : two in Fort Wayne Community Schools and one in East Allen County Schools.

The 2018 state graduation rate was 88.1 percent : up from 87.2 percent in 2017. That includes some students who are given a waiver under state law.

“With the increase to Indiana’s graduation rate, it is evident our schools are committed to the academic success of our students,” said Jennifer McCormick, Indiana superintendent of public instruction. “While there is still work to be done, we will continue to partner with local districts to ensure every student graduates prepared for life beyond high school.”

Area districts and high schools varied.

Both Northwest Allen County and Southwest Allen County schools : which each have one high school : had a graduation rate of about 96 percent.

“NACS is proud of our students for achieving a high school diploma and increasing their likelihood of becoming involved community members,” Superintendent Chris Himsel said in a statement. “We are pleased that this is our ninth consecutive year for exceeding a 95 percent graduation rate.”

At 86.4 percent, Fort Wayne Community’s districtwide rate fell from its previous rate (89 percent) and below the state average but : as spokeswoman Krista Stockman noted : not by much, which is notable for urban school districts.

Fluctuations are natural given that each year’s rate is based on a different group of students, Stockman said.

“Obviously, we never like to see it go backwards,” she said.

Of the Fort Wayne schools, three netted rates of 90 percent or above : Northrop, Snider and Wayne. South Side’s rate was 81 percent, and North Side’s was 75.8 percent. The percentages don’t take fifth-year seniors into account, Stockman said, noting North Side has an increase of those students this year.

East Allen’s districtwide rate was close to the state average at 88 percent. East Allen University performed the best with 97 percent. It was followed by Leo Junior-Senior High School, 92.7 percent; Heritage Junior-Senior High School, 92.3 percent; Woodlan Junior-Senior High School, 91 percent; and New Haven High School, 78.7 percent.

Only four schools in northeast Indiana had perfect graduation rates: Bishop Dwenger and Blackhawk Christian in Allen County; Lakewood Park Christian in DeKalb County; and Southern Wells in Wells County, the only public school to accomplish such a feat.

The Department of Education also released the federal graduation rate, which uses slightly different equations and standards. The federal graduation rate was 87.2 percent. With the previous exclusion of the general diploma due to the Every Student Success Act, Indiana’s 2018 federal graduation rate is not comparable with that of past years.

Area graduation rates (percentage)

Adams

District School 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Adams Central Community Schools Adams Central HS 95.5 94.7 98.9 97.9 95.3 North Adams Community Schools Bellmont Senior HS 93.3 92 88.8 90.8 95.8 South Adams Schools South Adams HS 96.1 94.3 90.1 92.8 91.6

Allen

District School 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 East Allen County Schools East Allen University N/A N/A 100.0 97.1 97 East Allen County Schools Heritage Jr-Sr HS 82.2 90.7 92.4 93 92.3 East Allen County Schools Leo Jr-Sr HS 89.7 92.5 94.9 92.8 92.7 East Allen County Schools New Haven HS 81.0 84.6 87.4 88 78.7 East Allen County Schools Woodlan Jr-Sr HS 87.4 87.2 87.8 90.5 91 Fort Wayne Community Schools North Side HS 80.8 77.4 82.3 82.8 75.8 Fort Wayne Community Schools Northrop HS 92 89.3 92.3 94.1 91.3 Fort Wayne Community Schools Snider HS 93.4 94.4 93.0 90.9 92.4 Fort Wayne Community Schools South Side HS 84.8 81.5 84.7 85.5 81 Fort Wayne Community Schools Wayne HS 90.5 90.2 92.1 89.5 90 MSD Southwest Allen County Homestead Senior HS 95 94.9 96.6 96.1 96.0 Northwest Allen County Schools Carroll HS 96.9 96.3 96.7 98.8 96.3 Private Bishop Dwenger HS 99.2 100 99.6 100 100 Private Bishop Luers HS 95.8 96.1 98 93.5 96.9 Private Blackhawk Christian Jr-Sr HS 100 100 100 100 100 Private Concordia Lutheran HS 96.7 98.8 98.1 99 98.9 Private Cornerstone College Prep School N/A N/A 92.9 80 90 Private Horizon Christian Academy 42.9 64.3 76.9 75 76.5

DeKalb

District School 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 DeKalb Co Ctl United Sch Dist DeKalb HS 89.9 91.3 89.8 90.9 88.4 DeKalb Co Eastern Com Sch Dist Eastside Jr-Sr HS 86.8 91.3 94.7 85.6 93.9 Garrett-Keyser-Butler Com Garrett HS 86 89.8 97.1 97.1 91.2 Private Lakewood Park Christian Sch 97.6 95.5 100 100 100

Huntington

District School 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Huntington Co Com Sch Corp Huntington North HS 89.6 90.2 91.2 91.8 95.4

Kosciusko

District School 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Private Lakeland Christian Academy 86.7 N/A 100 77.8 87.9 Tippecanoe Valley School Corp Tippecanoe Valley HS 79.7 92.3 95.3 94.2 95.9 Warsaw Community Schools Warsaw Community HS 93.8 91.4 92.6 95.1 92.3 Wawasee Community School Corp Wawasee HS 88.6 89.6 87.9 86.3 92.2 Whitko Community School Corp Whitko HS 91.2 92.4 92.4 92.2 83.9

Noble

District School 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Central Noble Com School Corp Central Noble HS 86.7 88.1 94.4 94.7 86.3 East Noble School Corp East Noble HS 92.5 90.7 88.1 91 94 West Noble School Corp West Noble HS 87.3 86.6 93.5 89.2 84.5

Steuben

District School 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Fremont Com Schools Fremont HS 92.5 88.3 84.8 85.5 85.9 Hamilton Com Schools Hamilton Community HS 91.3 87.5 81 89.3 95.2 MSD Steuben County Angola HS 84.8 83.7 87.3 86.8 88.7

Wells

District School 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 MSD Bluffton-Harrison Bluffton HS 96.8 97.6 98.2 99 97.9 Northern Wells Com Schools Norwell HS 94.6 94.1 95.6 96.4 96.1 Southern Wells Com Schools Southern Wells Jr-Sr HS 96.8 93.5 92.3 94.4 100 Private Kingdom Academy of Bluffton N/A N/A N/A 60 N/A

Whitley

District School 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Smith-Green Community Schools Churubusco Jr-Sr HS 94.2 96.5 96 89.3 90.8 Whitley Co Cons Schools Columbia City HS 94.7 95 95.1 91.6 95

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