MCS, Shawe Southwestern, grad rates improve
Shawe also earns 4-Star honors
Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:00 AM
The Indiana Department of Education released graduation rates for the 2012-2013 school year Wednesday, and Madison, Southwestern and Shawe Memorial had more than 90 percent of their seniors graduate.
Of Madison Consolidated High School's 243 seniors, 225 - 92 percent - received a diploma.
That's up from 89 percent for the previous year, and 72 percent for the 2009-2010 school year.
At Southwestern High School, 81 of 89 seniors graduated last year, for a 91 percent graduation rate.
Southwestern had a graduation rate of 78 percent a year ago, and its 2009-2010 graduation rate was 83 percent.
Shawe Memorial Junior/Senior High School had a graduation rate of 100 percent for its senior class of 39 students.
Shawe's 2011-2012 graduation rate was 85 percent. The school had 100 percent graduation rates for the 2011 and 2010 senior classes.
All three schools' graduation rates were above the state average for the 2012-2013 school year.
This week, Shawe also was recognized by the Indiana Department of Education as a 4-Star School, meaning that the school performed in the upper 25th percentile of schools participating in ISTEP+ testing, the end-of-course assessment state exams and their No Child Left Behind rating.
"We are very proud to be recognized by the state of Indiana again as a 4-Star school," Shawe principal Steve Hesse said.
Shawe will celebrate the ranking with a gathering in the Hilary Meny Gymnasium on May 16 at 2 p.m.
Katie Jenner, director of learning for MCS, said the school's improving graduation rate has been a group effort.
"A lot of that can be attributed to the hard work of our teachers, students and really their families. It takes a community effort to build that graduation rate," Jenner said.
A three-tiered system was implemented in the district in 2011 to identify struggling students and help them graduate, Jenner said.
The first tier allows students to complete course work in one of the two virtual labs at the high school, the second tier allows students to attend the MCS eLearning Center, and the third allows students to complete course work at home or in a blended learning setting.
"We were thrilled to see graduation rate continue to improve."
Southwestern High School also added a program recently to catch struggling students or students who have fallen behind in course work.
"It really hones in on those kids at risk," Southwestern Schools Superintendent Steve Telfer said.
"Our goal is 100 percent. I think it's so important for our community that our kids graduate high school."
The data show that the overall graduation rate for all Indiana schools was 88.6 percent, nearly identical to the previous year's 88.7 percent.