High school graduation rates up across the area and statewide

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Georgia's high school graduation rates increased for the fifth straight year, and here at home Richmond County graduation rates are up.

Hephzibah High School, Josey High School, Westside High School, and the Academy of Richmond County all had the highest graduation rates since 2004. Glenn Hills High School has their highest rate in five years.

In 2017, more than two-thirds of Richmond County high schools increased or maintained their graduation rates. Two-thirds of the graduation rate is above 80 percent. The systemwide rate of 79 percent is the highest in ten years.

Statewide, the graduation rate has increased from 79.4 percent in 2016 to 80.6 percent in 2017, meaning statewide more students are graduating high school. In addition, fifty Georgia school districts recorded graduation rates at or above 90 percent.

According to the Georgia Department of Education, the graduation rate continues to rise "as Georgia’s schools and districts increase students’ access to unique, personalized learning opportunities that keep students engaged – including Career Pathways, dual enrollment, AP and IB programs, work-based learning, and internships."

While all states use the same calculation, each state sets its own requirements for students to earn a regular high school diploma. Georgia has some of the highest requirements in the nation for students to graduate with a regular diploma.

Columbia County

Grovetown High School
CLASS SIZE 425
GRADUATED 379
GRADUATION RATE 89.2

Harlem High School
CLASS SIZE 192
GRADUATED 171
GRADUATION RATE 89.1
 
Lakeside High School
CLASS SIZE 373
GRADUATED 323
GRADUATION RATE 86.6
 
Greenbrier High School
CLASS SIZE 385
GRADUATED 380
GRADUATION RATE 98.7
 
Evans High School
CLASS SIZE 460
GRADUATED 401
GRADUATION RATE 87.2
 
ALL HIGH SCHOOLS
CLASS SIZE 1848
GRADUATED 1654
GRADUATION RATE 89.5

Emanuel County

Swainsboro High School
CLASS SIZE 171
GRADUATED 132
GRADUATION RATE  77.2

Emanuel County Institute
CLASS SIZE 99
GRADUATED 82
GRADUATION RATE 82.8
 
ALL HIGH SCHOOLS
CLASS SIZE 271
GRADUATED 214
GRADUATION RATE 79.0

Richmond County

Cross Creek High School
CLASS SIZE 301
GRADUATED 247
GRADUATION RATE 82.1

Alternative Education Center at Lamar
CLASS SIZE 22
GRADUATED 6
GRADUATION RATE 27.3
 
Performance Learning Center
CLASS SIZE 116
GRADUATED 9
GRADUATION RATE 7.8
 
Butler High School
CLASS SIZE 204
GRADUATED 151
GRADUATION RATE 74.0
 
Hephzibah High School
CLASS SIZE 231
GRADUATED 185
GRADUATION RATE 80.1
 
Westside High School
CLASS SIZE 175
GRADUATED 149
GRADUATION RATE 85.1
 
Glenn Hills High School
CLASS SIZE 186
GRADUATED 160
GRADUATION RATE 86.0
 
Johnson Magnet
CLASS SIZE 82
GRADUATED 82
GRADUATION RATE 100
 
Josey High School
CLASS SIZE 167
GRADUATED 131
GRADUATION RATE 78.4
 
Academy of Richmond County
CLASS SIZE 301
GRADUATED 260
GRADUATION RATE 86.4
 
Davidson Magnet School
CLASS SIZE 118
GRADUATED 118
GRADUATION RATE 100
 
Laney High School
CLASS SIZE 161
GRADUATED 136
GRADUATION RATE 84.5
 
ALL HIGH SCHOOLS
CLASS SIZE 2186
GRADUATED 1717
GRADUATION RATE 78.5

Other Area High Schools:

Screven County High School
CLASS SIZE 159
GRADUATED 116
GRADUATION RATE 73.0

Warren County High School
CLASS SIZE 32
GRADUATED 28
GRADUATION RATE 87.5
 
Washington County High School
CLASS SIZE 232
GRADUATED 204
GRADUATION RATE 87.9
 
Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School
CLASS SIZE 96
GRADUATED 79
GRADUATION RATE 82.3
 
Augusta Youth Development Campus
CLASS SIZE 33
GRADUATED 1
GRADUATION RATE 3.0
 
Burke County High School
CLASS SIZE 255
GRADUATED 235
GRADUATION RATE 92.2
 
Glascock County Consolidated School
CLASS SIZE 48
GRADUATED 40
GRADUATION RATE 83.3
 
Hancock Central High School
CLASS SIZE 83
GRADUATED 79
GRADUATION RATE 95.2
 
Jefferson County High School
CLASS SIZE 176
GRADUATED 160
GRADUATION RATE 90.9
 
Jenkins County High School
CLASS SIZE 95
GRADUATED 69
GRADUATION RATE 72.6
 
Lincoln County High School
CLASS SIZE 90
GRADUATED 74
GRADUATION RATE 82.2
 
Thomson High School
CLASS SIZE 276
GRADUATED 209
GRADUATION RATE 75.7