2015 Graduation Rates Remain Strong for the Sartell-St. Stephen School District

The Sartell- St. Stephen School District is pleased to announce that its 2015 graduation rate continues to increase to a recent all-time high at 99.23% and is over fifteen percent higher than the state average.

On February 22, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released the 2015 graduation rates for the state of Minnesota. The state typically looks at a four-year cohort-based graduation rate, an “on time” graduation rate based on when students began ninth grade and how they did four years later. This also includes indicators for dropouts, continuing students, and students whose status after that fourth year was unknown. Our district also looks closely at this four-year rate, in particular the graduation and dropout rates.

In the Sartell-St. Stephen School District, the class of 2015 included 259 total students, 99.23% of which graduated on time.  In 2013, the district’s graduation rate was 97.2%, well above the state average of 79.8%. In 2014, the district’s graduation rate was 96.0%, which was also well above the state average of 81.17%. The state has also shown consistent improvement in the graduation rate, increasing from 74.3% in 2009 to 81.88% in 2015.

“We are very proud to have such outstanding graduation rates.  These rates show the efforts of our students, families and educators throughout their school career, from early childhood to commencement,” shared Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert.  “As a district, we have been very strategic and intentional about working with each and every individual student which all contribute to this measure.” 

More information about the 2015 graduation rates released by MDE is available here.