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Hart district graduation rate remains above state average

Posted: April 29, 2014 2:27 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2014 2:27 p.m.

Graduation rates in the William S. Hart Union High School District continued to far outpace the average rates in the county and the state, according to numbers released this week.

The overall graduation rate in the Hart district for the class of 2012-2013 was 92.9 percent, according to data released by the California Department of Education.

“It proves that our district continues to be high-performing compared to our peers in the county and the state,” said Hart district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker. “And we attribute this to our hard-working students, our dedicated, credentialed teachers, our caring and involved counselors, our support staff and administration.”

Pinsker also said parent involvement, whether at home or through volunteering at a school site, plays a substantial role in student success.

“We’re very fortunate that parents in our community are also committed to education, not only of their own students, and are willing to volunteer at our schools and help make each school site a better place,” Pinsker said.

While down slightly from the 2011-2012 mark of 93 percent, the district’s mark was still well above the state average graduation rate of 80.2 percent in 2012-2013. In Los Angeles County, the figure was 77 percent.

“For the first time in our state’s history, more than 80 percent of our students are graduating — a clear sign of their hard work and the support they receive from their teachers, families, and communities,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in a news release.

“We are continuing toward our goal of graduating 100 percent of our students with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed.”

Each of the comprehensive high schools in the Hart district had at least a 92.4 percent graduation rate, according to state figures. Saugus High School earned a 99.1 percent graduation rate, West Ranch High School had a 98.4 percent graduation rate and Canyon High School had a graduation rate of 97.9 percent.

Academy of the Canyons collected a graduation rate of 99.1 percent.

The Hart district reported 68 student dropouts, according to the Department of Education, adding up to a dropout rate of 1.7 percent.

Both those figures are lower than the prior year's numbers, when 78 students dropped out and the district reported a dropout rate of 2 percent, according to the Department of Education.

“All of our schools do a really great job with identifying students that are at risk,” Pinsker said.

The state noted a dropout rate of 11.6 percent, while the county’s rate was 12.7 percent, according to the Department of Education.
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