Cobb County School District’s Graduation Rate Rises

The Cobb County School District graduation rate rose to a new high of 84%, part of a six year upward trend and once again surpassing the state average. The graduation rate for the class of 2016 increased by 2.4 percentage points from the previous year. The state graduation rate average is 79.2%.

“I am proud of the continued success of our CCSD graduates,” said Cobb County School District Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “The increase in the high school graduation rate demonstrates the excellence that occurs in our classrooms each and every day.  I am thankful for how hard our teachers work to prepare our students for college and career success.”

Fifteen Cobb County schools saw graduation rates climb with Allatoona, Harrison, Hillgrove, Lassiter, Pope and Walton High Schools experiencing rates exceeding 90%.

“Our graduation rate has increased because everyone is involved to meet this goal,” said Judy

McNeill, Principal of Walton High School. “Our faculty puts forth extra effort in tutoring our students.  Our counselors offer study skills classes for our freshmen.”

Three CCSD schools have seen their graduation rates rise by double digits in the past five years: Pebblebrook High School has seen an increase of 19 percentage points; Campbell High School has risen by 16 percentage points; and, South Cobb has achieved a 12.4 percentage point increase.

Campbell High School principal, Dr. Jeanne Walker, attributes the increase in Campbell’s graduation rate to several factors, including a focus on students who need extra help academically.

“We have expanded and shifted resources to assist student groups who traditionally struggle to reach graduation within four years,” said Walker.

The four-year cohort graduation rate for the district and each high school from 2012–2016 is given in Table 1 below.

 Table 1. Four-year Cohort Graduation Rates for the Cobb County School District and each district high school from 2012–2016.

 

Four-year Cohort Graduation Rate (%) Trends (%)
School 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 1 year 3 year 5 year
Cobb 76.0 76.5 78.2 81.4 83.8 2.4 5.6 7.8
Allatoona 87.6 86.6 87.1 89.1 91.3 2.2 4.2 3.7
Campbell 62.1 66.3 66.1 72.1 78.4 6.3 12.3 16.3
Harrison 90.7 96.0 96.2 94.1 94.2 0.1 -2.0 3.5
Hillgrove 83.6 86.4 86.2 90.8 93.3 2.5 7.1 9.7
Kell 78.8 80.6 78.5 84.7 85.0 0.3 6.5 6.2
Kennesaw Mountain 79.9 86.6 81.1 84.1 85.3 1.2 4.2 5.4
Lassiter 87.5 91.4 91.5 93.8 94.5 0.7 3.0 7.0
McEachern 73.9 76.6 81.4 77.5 84.7 7.2 3.3 10.8
North Cobb 79.7 81.5 82.9 83.7 88.1 4.4 5.2 8.4
Osborne 64.9 48.4 56.8 61.4 64.8 3.4 8.0 -0.1
Pebblebrook 53.6 58.3 62.8 70.8 72.3 1.5 9.5 18.7
Pope 93.8 91.9 88.0 91.7 93.4 1.7 5.4 -0.4
South Cobb 61.0 61.0 64.0 74.9 73.4 -1.5 9.4 12.4
Sprayberry 79.4 82.4 80.9 72.0 81.7 9.7 0.8 2.3
Walton 93.8 90.8 92.7 94.1 96.1 2.0 3.4 2.3
Wheeler 70.4 71.2 70.5 79.4 80.7 1.3 10.2 10.3