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DCSS 2017 Graduation Rates Exceed State Average
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Douglas County School System Class of 2017 high school graduation rate of 87% once again surpassed the graduation rate for Georgia. According to preliminary data released by the Georgia Department of Education on September 27, 2017, the graduation rate for the state was 80.6%. Scores in Douglas County remained steady but saw a slight drop from 87.1% in 2016 to 87% in 2017. All five Douglas County High Schools exceeded the state graduation rate of 80.6%, with Alexander High School making a significant gain from 90.2 to 93.6%.

“Our graduation rate has for the most part remained steady, but there is still tremendous work to do,” said Trent North, Superintendent. “These numbers remind us that our job is not complete. Every student in The Douglas County Schools System needs to graduate and become independent thinkers and productive citizens.”

The rate for the Douglas County School System was higher than the following county districts: Atlanta Public Schools, Carroll, Cherokee, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, Rockdale and many other counties. U.S. Department of Education mandates require that Georgia report the graduation rate using the adjusted cohort rate. The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort when a student first enters 9th grade and is calculated based on the number of students that graduate within four years.

While Alexander High School increased their four-year cohort rate: Chapel Hill had a decrease from 91 to 88.1, Douglas County High had a slight decrease from 85.5 to 85.4, Lithia Springs showed a slight decrease from 84.8 to 83.4 and New Manchester High School dipped from 86.5 to 86.2. Even though these schools showed a slight decrease; Chapel Hill, Douglas County, Lithia Springs and New Manchester all were still above the state average as well as AHS

The graduation rates for subgroups in the Class of 2017 include:

ALL Students


Asian/Pacific Islander






American   Indian/Alaskan

Too Few Students





Students With   Disability


English Learners


Economically   Disadvantaged



“Every year our teachers, counselors, and administrators focus on providing the necessary support and resources for students in kindergarten through 12th grades with graduation from high school being the ultimate goal.  We always hope for an increased rate over the previous year,” said Pam Nail, Chief Academic Officer. “This year we saw a slight dip in those numbers, but it wasn’t significant. However, we must continue to work hard to support all of our students so that they are positioned to graduate in four years and prepared to attend college or enter the workforce.”

For more information about graduation rates, please visit the school system website at or the Georgia Department of Education website.