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September 18--  All but two area high schools exceeded the state's average graduation rate in 2019 and six area schools are among 71 high schools with a graduation rate of more than 90%.

Vidalia High School is ranked ninth in the state with a graduation rate of 96.3% and has a goal of 100%, according to School Principal John Sharpe, who believes graduating every student is the most important thing a school can do, "We know a diploma doesn't guarantee success, but it does open doors and we want every student to be successful in what they choose to do.  I think everyone realizes now that it's the door that opens a pathway and I'm excited to see our other area schools having their graduation rates go up and if we're all focusing on that then maybe it will make families tell students the importance of getting that degree."

The second highest graduation rate in the area is at Montgomery County High School with a 94.6% rate, five points higher than last year.  School Principal Dr. Scott Barrow says it's due in large part to the personal attention which can be applied in a smaller school, "At a small school, we have a chance to build a lot of relationships and to get to know our students and their career goals.  For example, I met with every senior this past year and went over their transcripts and what we call their Individualized Graduation Plan.  We had a plan for graduation and then we monitored that throughout the year with our teachers and advisers, so it was a real team effort across the board."

Four area schools with graduation rates about 90% are Toombs County High School, Appling County High School, Emanuel County Institute and Metter High School.

Two other schools exceeded the state average, Jeff Davis High School and Tattnall County High School, while two schools graduated less than the state average, Swainsboro High School and Treutlen High School.

2019 Area High School Graduation Rates

SCHOOL

CLASS OF 2019 GRAD RATE

CLASS OF 2018 GRAD RATE

Vidalia High School

96.3

94.0

Montgomery Co HS

94.6

89.3

Metter High School

93.6

91.2

ECI

90.7

93.1

Appling Co HS

90.2

88.8

Toombs Co HS

90.1

87.3

Jeff Davis Co HS

89.1

90.4

Tattnall Co HS

88.7

84.3

Treutlen HS

81.7

84.8

Swainsboro HS

79.2

80.3

State Average

82.0

81.6