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GRPS graduation rates increase for 8th year in a row

Posted at 6:22 AM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 07:08:05-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Public Schools have seen graduation rates district-wide increase for the eighth year in a row, according to the Michigan Department of Education.

The district says its graduation rate has increased by more than 70 percent since 2012. The official graduation rate for the district now stands at a little more than 76 percent.

GRPS says both City High Middle School and Grand Rapids Montessori High School had a graduation rate of 100 percent in 2019.

The Grand Rapids Learning Center had a nearly 70 percent increase from last year alone, increasing from 46 percent in 2018 to 78 percent in 2019.

The district says graduation rates for students who are Hispanic or Latino have increased by more than 90 percent in the last eight years, nearly doubling the graduation rate in 2012.

“The consistent increase in our graduation rates is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our students and staff,” said Dr. Ron Gorman, interim superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools.

“Our standards have remained high—higher than even the State of Michigan. The state requires 18 credits to graduate. GRPS students graduate with 22 credits, and I’m proud to see more students accomplishing that each year.”