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Fulton Graduation Rates Jump 4.2 Percent

In Sandy Springs, Riverwood International Charter School's graduation rate is 67.8 percent. North Springs Charter High School's graduation rate is 71.9 percent.

By Wendy Parker 

The Class of 2013 across the Fulton County School System graduated at a rate of 75.5 percent, a jump of 4.2 percent from last year, according to data released Wednesday by the Georgia Department of Education. 

Fulton's overall rate is one of the best among large school districts in the metro Atlanta area and is four percent higher than the state average of 71.5 percent. 

The improved numbers for Fulton come as district officials are in the midst of a five-year plan to raise the on-time (four-year) graduation rate to 90 percent by 2017. 

"To have made so much progress in such a little time is exciting – I’m thrilled with this 4.2% gain," Fulton superintendent Robert Avossa said in a statement. 

"While this is promising, we have to continue it. We will need another four years of similar growth to meet our goals.”

Four Fulton high schools -- Johns Creek, Milton, Northview and Chattahoochee -- all had graduation rates of 90 percent or better. 

Eleven Fulton high schools had higher graduation rates from last year, with double-digit gains at Langston Hughes and Westlake in South Fulton. 

Roswell, Creekside, McClarin Alternative and Tri-Cities -- had graduation rate increases of five percent or better.

The following are school-by-school graduation rates, in alphabetical order: 

  • Alpharetta (89.2)
  • Banneker (41.7)
  • Cambridge (84.3)
  • Centennial (79.9)
  • Chattahoochee (93.8)
  • Creekside (50.1)
  • Hapeville Charter (89.4)
  • Independence Alternative (40.4)
  • Johns Creek (96.4)
  • Langston Hughes (73.6)
  • McClarin Alternative (25.6)
  • Milton (96)
  • North Springs (71.9)
  • Northview (94.2)
  • Riverwood (67.8)
  • Roswell (86.5)
  • TEACH Charter (87.8)
  • Tri-Cities (71)
  • Westlake (76)
For more information and full data breakdowns, visit the Georgia Department of Education website
Devra Kolesky December 13, 2013 at 09:40 AM
As a former Riverwood teacher and department chair for over 30 years, I am embarrassed and saddened by the 2013 graduation rate. There are obviously big problems there and I hope they'll get resolved soon. We've dropped from an "A" grade to a "C"? That's nothing to brag about, is it? Walter Kolesky
jMichael December 13, 2013 at 09:52 AM
Devra: Can you offer any explanation(s), even if only responsibly speculative, for the dismal Riverwood performance?
Jack Manning Jr December 13, 2013 at 12:20 PM
That should read 4.2 percentage points, not just percent.
Graduation Alliance December 14, 2013 at 12:48 AM
This is a great news as the rise in the graduation rate determines the efficiency and hard work of the school administration and the students. Thanks for the share... http://goo.gl/byCrTm

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