High school grad rates up for public, Catholic boards

BROCKVILLE/KEMPTVILLE – The English public and Catholic school boards in Eastern Ontario have seen improvements in their graduation rates.

Statistics were released this week from the Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.

The UCDSB saw a graduation rate of 82.3 per cent, up from 80.7 per cent the previous school year.

“The (board) has set a goal of a 90 per cent graduation rate for our secondary school students by the year 2020,” UCDSB Chair Jeff McMillan said. “These results remind us that we are moving closer to realizing this goal, thanks to the support of our school staff across the district, and through the encouragement and support of parents and guardians who are promoting among young people the importance of a secondary school education.”

Meantime, the CDSBEO saw its rate increase to an all-time high of 85.5 per cent, matching the provincial average.

The four year graduation rate was 85.4 per cent (85.3 previous year) and the five year grad rate was 89.5 (88.4 previous year).

“This data certainly demonstrates that the CDSBEO is seeing outstanding success regarding the number of students receiving their Ontario Secondary School Diploma,” said Director of Education William Gartland. “It is a testament to our teachers, and school staff, as well as the programs currently being offered which help those who are most at-risk to graduate.”

The UCDSB did not release the four and five year grad rates.