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The class of 2019 graduation rate is up 2% from the previous year

Oregon Department of Education reports the Crook County High School graduation rate for the class of 2019 at 94.74%.

“As long as I’ve been here, the graduation rate has never been as high as 94%,” said Crook County School District Curriculum and Special Programs Director Stacy Smith, noting that this is an increase from 92.44% for the CCHS class of 2018.

Of the 152 students in the CCHS class of 2019 cohort, 144 graduated.

Administrators believe relationships and a hard-working staff have contributed to the increased graduation rate that CCHS has achieved in recent years.

“We have good systems in place to make sure kids don’t fall through the cracks,” pointed out CCHS Assistant Principal Jake Huffman.

“The district has a champion for our students, graduation coach McKenzie Kudlac, who continues to work with individual students to help them reach their potential,” added CCHS Principal Michelle Jonas.

ODE also reported that CCHS students in the underserved races and ethnicities subgroup had a 96.15% graduation rate, which CCSD Director of School Improvement Joel Hoff said was very high.

CCHS students who participated in Career and Technical Education classes also graduated at a high 96% rate.

There are some areas, however, that administrators say need improvement.

ODE reported the district graduation rate for the class of 2019 at 72.85%, down from 78% for the class of 2018. The district rate includes students who graduated from CCHS, Pioneer Alternative High School, Rimrock Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council and the online option FuelEd.

“We still have room to grow for those student populations, and our job isn’t done,” Smith said of the alternative education graduation rates. “We are working hard to improve the graduation rate of our community students from vulnerable student populations.”

Overall, administrators are pleased with the ODE graduation rate report.

“The five-year trajectory has been fantastic, and we’ll continue to make small refinements until all students graduate,” Hoff said.

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