The Limestone District School Board (LDSB) has announced that more of its students are graduating than ever before with “focused efforts by educators and engaging specialty programs aimed at helping students achieve success” being credited by the Board for this accomplishment.
LDSB states its current five-year graduation rate is 86% which is a 6% increase over five years. That figure is just shy of the provincial rate of 86.5% but above the provincial and Limestone goal of reaching a 85% graduation rate.
Students who remained in Limestone throughout their secondary school had an even better graduation rate: 87%, which exceeds the provincial rate.
“As a district, we are pleased to continue to exceed our target of 85%,” said Director of Education, Debra Rantz. “Our five-year graduation rate remains strong, and we are pleased to see the number of students who graduate within five years continue to increase.”
According to the LDSB:
The graduation rate is calculated based on a cohort (group) of students who entered Grade 9 together in 2011-2012 and graduated with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) by 2015-2016. The figure takes into account all students who began their Grade 9 year in Limestone but also includes students who moved to another school district in Ontario to continue their schooling, and students who no longer attend school for one reason or another. Students who have moved out of province, or died, before graduation are not included in the rate.
A provided chart (below) reveals Limestone has experienced a steady improvement in the number of high school graduates over the past several years. Looking at the graduation outcomes for the students in the 2011-2012 cohort, 81% earned their diploma within four years – an 8% increase over the last four years – with another 5% earning their diploma in year five.
Seven students earned an Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) or a Certificate of Accomplishment (COA).
As explained by the LDSB, for students to earn an OSSD they “must successfully complete 30 credits (18 compulsory courses and 12 optional courses of their choice), achieve a passing grade in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test and complete 40 hours of voluntary community service“.