Celebrating Graduation Rates - 10/6/22


Bibb County School District’s high-school graduation rate increased in 2022, rising to 80.98% – an all-time high for the District since the state began using the adjusted cohort calculation required by federal law with the Class of 2012. Bibb County’s graduation rate has increased by almost 30 percentage points in the past decade, up from an overall District graduation rate of 52.3% in 2012.

“We are very excited about continuing a trajectory of improvement in our graduation rate and look forward to continuing on this path. So many people are responsible for this milestone in our journey, and we will keep working together to exceed this mark while valuing every single student along the way. Our students deserve to graduate, and we will keep working hard for and with them,” said Superintendent Dr. Dan A. Sims.

Even more exciting in the data release was the announcement of Central High School’s graduation rate – a District high of 90.14% for the Class of 2022. Central High Principal Dr. Chendra Dupree credited the increase to the collaborative effort of both students and staff.

“Central’s increase in graduation rate took a collective effort from all Central High staff and, most importantly, our students. I was intentional and had a strategic plan in place because I knew we would encounter barriers imposed by student learning loss after COVID-19 school closings. Hence, we executed some innovative measures to complement the great things we were already doing. Charger Power Period, Responsive Scheduling, Milestone Prep Bootcamp, consistent monitoring of failing students, and the addition of a Graduation Coach played an integral part in our increase,” Dr. Dupree said. “In addition to the academic measures, we also implemented changes to curb our discipline rate to keep our students focused on instruction. The most notable changes were our school-wide cell phone policy, social emotional learning, and Principal’s Town Hall meetings. I am truly humbled and blessed to have such an amazing staff and students. This could not have happened without collective efficacy. We understood the assignment and made it happen!”

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