Georgia Department of Education released Class of 2018 graduation rates with all North Fulton High Schools remaining above county and state averages.

Fulton County Schools as a whole continues to have the highest graduation rate of all large metro Atlanta school systems.

“Graduation ceremonies are some of the proudest highlights of our year as we celebrate these events with students and their families. We are pleased that more students than ever are reaching this goal on time,” said Fulton County Superintendent Jeff Rose.

Fulton County School district's rate of 86.8 percent remains the highest that it has ever been.

Of the eight Fulton high schools who increased their graduation rate from the previous year, three are in North Fulton.

Independence High School, which relocated back to Roswell earlier this year, reported a 2.8 percent increase in its graduation rate. Milton High School increased by 2.2 percent and Johns Creek High School by 0.6 percent.

Fulton County also reported eleven high schools posted graduation rates of more than 90 percent, four are in North Fulton.

Alpharetta High School reported 92.8 percent; Cambridge High School, 97.3 percent; Centennial High School, 91.7; Milton High School, 96.7.

While three of the aforementioned schools and Roswell High School saw a minor decrease in its rate, all still remain above the county average.

Roswell High School Principal Robert Shaw spoke to the rate at Fulton County School Board District 1 Representative Katha Stuart's meeting on Sept. 19 to the extent that many factors that contribute to the graduation rate and efforts are in place to improve.

Fulton County also exceeds the state average of 81.6 percent by 5.2 percent.

“We know there is still work to do. Our goal is for students to graduate ready to pursue and succeed on their chosen paths. Therefore, we won’t be satisfied until every student holds a diploma in their hand. Graduation is a milestone, and we want our students prepared to be successful after they graduate," said Rose.

According to the news release, "this is the eighth year the Georgia Department of Education has calculated the graduation rate using the adjusted cohort rate, which is required by the U.S. Department of Education."

The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student first becomes a high school freshman. Calculations utilize the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers.

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