Coffee County Central High School graduation rate rose 2 percent from the 2016-17 academic year, according to the Tennessee Department of Education.
Two years, CHS had a senior population of 476 and 432 of them graduated, meaning 90.8 percent of the senior class eligible for graduation walked across football field behind Raider Academy and received their diploma.
In June 2018, the number rose to 92.8 percent – 410 seniors out of 442 graduated.
“Because no two students are the same, they have individualized need,” said CHS Principal Paul Parsley. “We do our best to ensure that none of our students feel like a number and that all receive needed help to break down various barriers that hinder progress toward high school graduation.
“Our teachers are here to teach but they recognize how vital it is that our students know they care first and foremost,” he added. “Students are more receptive to learning what teachers are able to share when students know we care for their best interests.”
CHS is the only high school in Coffee County to see improvements. Tullahoma High School fell 0.6 percent from 2016-17 – 89 percent to this year’s 88.3 percent. In 2017, 226 of 256 THS students graduated and in 2018, the number fell to 218 out of 245 students.
The state saw record-high numbers for high school graduations: the 2017-18 rate was 89.1 percent. Fifty-six districts saw improvements and 106 districts have graduation rates above 90 percent.
“Our schools and districts should be proud that once again we have hit our state’s highest graduation rate on record while still holding our students to high expectations,” said Education Commissioner Candice McQueen in a written statement. “By continuing to raise the expectations, we are signaling that Tennessee students are leaving high school with the knowledge and skills to be successful in college and the workforce. This graduation rate is a testament to the work being done by teachers and students in schools across the state.”