By RICK HEAD
Brantley County High School’s 2020 graduation rate is tops in the eight-county Okefenokee RESA District and is one of 230 schools across the state at or above 90 percent.
BCHS posted a nine-year high of 94.4% graduates in a class that began with 249 students, well above the state average of 83.8% — an all-time high since the state began using the adjusted cohort calculation now required by federal law in 2012.
The adjusted cohort graduation rate (ACGR) is the percentage of public high school freshmen who graduate with a regular diploma within four years of starting 9th grade. Students who are entering 9th grade for the first time form a cohort for the graduating class.
A cohort “on-time” graduation rate is the percentage of students in a cohort who earn a diploma within four years of entering the ninth grade.
“The impressive grad rate is the result of a lot of hard work by some amazing educators who recognize that teaching means more than just helping them (students) pass classes,” said an excited Superintendent Dr. Kim Morgan. “While realizing that student-teacher relationships are essential when working with all students, we have folks that are willing to walk alongside our most vulnerable at-risk kids and give them the encouragement and guidance they need while still holding them accountable for achieving goals.
By RICK HEAD