Forsyth has highest graduation rate among state’s 20 largest districts

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County Schools’ students have topped the state for graduation rates among the state’s 20 largest school districts, with 89.5 percent. This is a 1.72 percent increase from the district’s 2012 graduation rate.

The state’s 2013 graduation rate is 71.5 percent.

“Our work will not be done until every Forsyth County child graduates from high school,” said Buster Evans, superintendent of Forsyth County Schools. “I am, however, thankful to our teachers and staff members that have worked with our students and their parents to increase our graduation rate, therefore allowing more students to graduate high school prepared for post-secondary options such as college, military or the workforce.

“Increasing our graduation rate has been a community effort, which began with the PROPEL graduation initiative and will continue with goals outlined in our Strategic Plan,” he said.

Additionally, all high schools in Forsyth County had graduate rates higher than the state average. Lambert High School’s graduation rate is the highest among metro Atlanta high schools, and is also the highest in Georgia for non-magnet schools. Among all Forsyth County high schools, West Forsyth High School had the highest percent increase (5.05 percent) in one year.

Forsyth County Schools’ two non-traditional schools, Forsyth Academy and iAchieve Academy, also were at the top of the state charts when compared to other schools using a similar format and dealing with similar students.

To view the graduation rates for all Georgia high schools and districts, visit www.doe.k12.ga.us.