Forsyth graduation rates among the top

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No. in class No. of graduates Grad rate

Georgia 124,973 87,134 69.72%

Forsyth County 2,284 2,005 87.78%

Fayette County 1,921 1,643 85.53%

Buford City 231 196 84.85%

Decatur City 184 149 80.98%

Cobb County 8,809 6,695 76.00%

Henry County 3,271 2,471 75.54%

Cherokee County 2,750 1,998 72.65%

Douglas County 2,050 1,482 72.29%

Fulton County 7,335 5,233 71.34%

Gwinnett County 12,090 8,581 70.98%

Marietta City 501 308 61.48%

DeKalb County 8,204 4,699 57.28%

Atlanta Public 3,674 1,869 50.87%

2011 grad rate 2012 grad rate

Georgia 67.4% 69.72%

Forsyth County School District 86.27% 87.78%

Forsyth Academy 72.73% 87.5%

Forsyth Central 79.67% 78.81%

iAchieve Academy 47.62% 70.45%

Lambert HS 97.49% 98.95%

North Forsyth HS 82.33% 82.81%

South Forsyth HS 89.06% 92.69%

West Forsyth HS 88.84% 87.65%

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County Schools’ graduate rates climbed to 87.78 percent, which is the highest graduation rate of metro-Atlanta school districts.

This is the second year Georgia has calculated the graduation rate using a new formula, the adjusted cohort rate, as required by the U.S. Department of Education. The new rate defines the cohort based on when a student first becomes a freshman and is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years, including adjustments for student transfers.

Based on an estimated cohort graduation rate of 58.6 percent in 2009, the rate of students getting diplomas has risen by 11 percentage points since 2009.

“High school completion for our students is clearly a priority for our district. I really believe this is a success indicator reflecting outstanding work on the part of our students, their teachers and parents,” said L.C. “Buster” Evans, superintendent of Forsyth County Schools. “While we celebrate this outstanding accomplishment, we will continue to focus on making learning rigorous and relevant for all students.”

Forsyth County high school graduation rates are also above the state average for 2012.