Graduation rates up at school board

Published May 16 2017

Trillium Lakelands District School Board has a graduation rate of 76.9 per cent for students within four years and 84.5 per cent for students who graduate within five years.

This puts the board in the top third of English language public schools in the province.

“That’s an increase of 3.6 per cent in our four-year rate and a 2.3 per cent increase in our five-year rate since last year” said director Larry Hope in a press release “and we will continue to help our students to have a successful high school experience whether they are pursuing a secondary school diploma certificate of learning or life-skills credential. We want those years to be meaningful productive and positive.”

The board has been using experiential learning programs such as the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program high skills majors and college dual credit programs to help more students graduate.

“We continue to address ways to re-engage the nine per cent of students who leave high school early” said  superintendent Bruce Barrett in the release “Certainly our specialized programs differing models of delivery like virtual learning and our adult and alternative sites have had a marked and positive impact but we know we can do more.”