Alexandria Area High School graduation rate is up 2.3 percent from 2019
Friday, June 11, 2021 ALEXANDRIA, Minn.-- The class of 2020 at Alexandria Area High School saw 93.54 percent of its students graduate from high school. This is an increase of 2.28 percent from 2019.
Of the 294 seniors included in the state’s 2020 graduation rate for Alexandria Area High School, 275 or 93.54 percent graduated, based on the Minnesota Department of Education criteria of completing high school in four years.
A closer look at the data reveals some celebrations across student groups. Students eligible for free or reduced meals had an 85 percent graduation rate, an increase of 3.75 percent from 2019, while students qualifying for special education had a 71.1 graduation rate in 2020, 1.9 percent higher than 2019.
The state’s goal is for school districts to have a four-year graduation rate of at least 90 percent for all students and at least 85 percent for each subgroup of students. In an effort to meet this goal, the district has implemented strategies to improve the graduation rate. Strategies include a tiered intervention system for at-risk students, individualized credit recovery plans for affected students, and expanding mental health supports across the district, supported by the voter-approved operating levy in November 2019.
“We are seeing positive results from supports and intervention programs that are in place to help students complete their high school graduation requirements and leave high school college and career ready,” stated Darcy Josephson, Assistant Superintendent-Teaching & Learning.