Graduation rates up across Georgia; Pepperell High tops among Floyd public schools at 96.2%; Calhoun is region’s best at 97.7%

Graduation rates up across Georgia; Pepperell High tops among Floyd public schools at 96.2%; Calhoun is region’s best at 97.7%

Pepperell High’s recent graduation. Source: Floyd County Schools.


State media release: Georgia’s high school graduation rate has increased for the fifth straight year, from 79.4 percent in 2016 to 80.6 percent in 2017. This is the first year Georgia’s graduation rate has risen above 80 percent using the adjusted cohort calculation now required by federal law. Fifty Georgia school districts recorded 2017 graduation rates at or above 90 percent.  The graduation rate continues to rise as Georgia’s schools and districts increase students’ access to unique, personalized learning opportunities that keep students engaged – including Career Pathways, dual enrollment, AP and IB programs, work-based learning, and internships. Local districts and schools are utilizing data more effectively to identify students’ individual learning needs; there is increased emphasis on a balanced curriculum that supports the whole child and a positive school climate that allows students to learn in a safe, supportive environment. Get statewide, by district scores here.

Floyd County media release: Floyd County Schools’ four-year graduation rate increased for the Class of 2017 and continues to exceed State averages. The School District’s four-year graduation rate of 94.3% for 2017, up from 93.1% for 2016, ranks Floyd as one of the top 20 school systems in the state, according to data released today by the Georgia Department of Education. This rate also exceeds the state four-year rate of 80.6%.

“Achieving a historically high graduation rate is no accident,” said John Parker, FCS Executive Director of Academics. “This is the culmination of 13 years of hard work and perseverance by our students. Every single staff member in FCS is focused on fulfilling the promise of destination graduation.”

In addition to the system graduation rate topping 94%, all four high schools in the system were also above 90% in the state report. Pepperell High had the highest graduation rate in the system at 96.2%, Armuchee High was close behind with 95%, Model High had a rate of 93.3%, and Coosa High completed the trend of all county high school graduation rates above 90%.

“I was ecstatic to learn the 2017 Pepperell High Graduation rate earlier this week. Our Graduation rate has steadily increased each of the last six years to 96.2% for the Class of 2017,” said Jamey Alcorn, principal of Pepperell High. “This indicator is a clear referendum as to the overall health of our academic and co-curricular programs.  This is the culmination of so much hard work by so many people.  Not only is this a victory for Pepperell High School, it is also a victory for each or our feeder schools who also played an integral role in assisting these students reach their goal of Destination Graduation!  I want to offer my gratitude to each faculty and staff member at Pepperell High School and also each Pre-K through 8th grade teacher and administrator who played a role in assisting our students reach this milestone.” 

Said Dr. John Jackson, superintendent of Floyd County Schools: “Once you reach the 90 percent plateau, it is difficult to continue to have significant increases and that is why the newly released rate is so impressive. Our system mission is ‘Destination Graduation for every child’ and our teachers, administrators, students, parents and community will continue to move forward with innovations to help each child reach the destination of graduation.”

A quick look at the local graduation rates, both by district and by high school, as provided by the Georgia Department of Education.


Total students: 630 of 668.

Graduation rate: 94.3%


Graduation rate: 95.5% (115 of 121)


Graduation rate: 92.3% (156 of 169)


Graduation rate: 93.3% (154 of 165)


Graduation rate: 96.2% (205 of 213)

Rome: (Rome City Schools)

Students: 371 of 419

Graduation rate: 88.5%


Total students: 852 of 1,022

Graduation rate: 83.4%


Graduation rate: 84%


Graduation rate: 88.1%


Graduation rate: 79.4%

Cartersville: (Cartersville City Schools)

Students: 240 of 269

Graduation rate: 89.2%


Total students: 409 of 466

Graduation rate: 91.7%

Gordon Central: 

Graduation rate: 93.7%


Graduation rate: 90.3%

Calhoun: (Calhoun City Schools)

Students: 253 of 259

Average score:  97.7%


Total students: 455 of 553

Graduation rate: 82.3%


Graduation rate: 82.5%


Graduation rate: 82%


Total students: 207 of 247

Chattooga High:

Graduation rate: 94%

Chattooga Academy

Graduation rate: 10%


Students: 87 of 94

Average score: 92.6%


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