Eagle County graduation rates improve | VailDaily.com

Eagle County graduation rates improve

Lauren Glendenning
Eagle County CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The most recent statistics available show Eagle County Schools are all over the map with graduation rates, with some school performing way above state averages, and others well below.

Local graduation rates are looked at in nine categories, including total graduation rates for whites, Hispanics, and males and females for each race.

Eagle Valley High School was the only high school in Eagle County to score above average in all nine categories. Battle Mountain High School was above state averages in its total graduation rate, and above average in white graduation rates, but it came in below average with its Hispanic rates.

“Both of our regular high schools improved from last year and are exceeding the state by at least 10 percent,” said Brooke Skjonsby, spokeswoman for the school district. “That obviously says something about us districtwide.”

Red Canyon High School, the school district’s alternative high school, and the New America Charter School, a school for immigrants learning to speak English, both came in below state averages.

“It’s challenging given our demographics,” Skjonsby said. “There’s a shift in families coming and going, so that can affect our influence in having a student in class every day.”

Eagle County Schools, as well as the state, improved overall averages from 2007 graduation rates. Skjonsby said prorgams like Closing the Achievement Gap, and getting students involved in school activities, are helping the district improve its graduation rates.

The school district is also optimistic about the new high school facilities for next year – Battle Mountain High School is moving to a brand new campus, and Eagle Valley High School went through a big renovation. New and improved learning environments can have a big impact on student achievement, she said.

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com

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