Local high schools reach toward high graduation ratings

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QUAD CITIES, Ia. (KWQC) — Local schools are raising the bar. Clinton and Davenport high school graduation rates are going up. Clinton high school principal, JR Kuch says its hard work. Kuch says it’s a challenge but his staff goes above and beyond for their students.

Superintendent Art Tate of Davenport Community Schools says teachers make sure its students are committing to education. Tate says “we’ll do whatever it takes”, making sure Davenport students stay in school to graduate.

According to Iowa’s Department of Education, Iowa has a 91.3 percent overall graduation rate. The new high for Clinton high school, the Department of education says its graduation rate is now at 89-percent.

This highest rating the school ever had. Davenport high school also had a successful increase of 87-percent which they have been working toward over the last seven years.

Kuch says building strong relationships and relating students to their everyday lives, helps engage them in the classrooms.

However, while graduation rates are going up, more students are also dropping out. Administrators are finding new way to keep the students in school.

As they look toward the future, both schools hope its students will continue to strive for a diploma.
Tate says Davenport has flexible programs to help its students catch up and even be able to come back and graduate.

Both schools hope by incorporating these programs for students and reaching out to the community, it will drop the dropout rates.