DeSoto Parish listed as a “Top 10” system in graduation rate

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The DeSoto Parish School System continues to be in the top tier of Louisiana School districts for Cohort Graduation Rate. 

A recent data release shows that DeSoto Schools are graduating seniors on time at a rate above 93%. 

This rate places Desoto Parish at a ranking of 6th among the 70 school systems in Louisiana and the highest ranking district in North Louisiana. 

A graduation cohort rate is determined at the Louisiana State Department of Education by measuring how many students graduate within four years of starting high school. 

This means that students who began at a school as a ninth grader graduated, on time, four years later. DeSoto Parish has maintained a rate above 90% in this area over the last four consecutive years. 

Stanley High leads the high schools in the district with a 100% graduation rate. 

Through strategic planning processes and individual student goal setting, administrators and teachers are committed to ensuring all students graduate on time with a diploma that allows students the ability to go anywhere to continue their life-long career goals. 

Principal Brian Anderson said, “Our teachers and students continue to work hard in putting rigorous, attainable goals in place that make for positive differences in life-long success.”

As students enter 9th grade in high schools across DeSoto, mentoring teams begin to create yearly plans that outline a student’s high school career. Strong and consistent progress monitoring checks throughout the school year are in place for students, parents and educators to collaborate on next steps for success. 

As schools maintain a high graduation rate, DeSoto continues to offer college-level curriculum and career pathways to high school students in numerous course offerings. 

Colleges, universities, and technical colleges often grant course credit to students who obtain high scores and grade point averages in lieu of having to pay for and take college courses. 

DeSoto Parish currently ranks 9th of Louisiana’s approximately 70 school systems for academic performance and is the highest performing district in North Louisiana. 

Each system within the State of Louisiana receives a district performance score which includes data points relative to grades 3-8 LEAP scores, high school End-of-Course test results, ACT scores, graduation rates and the value of each graduate’s diploma based on the curriculum’s rigor. 

Questions about your school’s cohort graduation rate and your child’s diploma goal setting plan can be addressed to each high school Principal. General questions can be directed to the Office of Student Learning. 

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