Graduation rates among Cecil County high schools remain steady at just over 90%, according to a report given to the Board of Education this week.
The county has a high school graduation rate of 90.54% for 2017, down slightly from the 2016 grad rate of 90.65.
Rising Sun High School saw the highest graduation rate of 94%. Bohemia Manor High School had 92% of their seniors graduate.
Elkton High School, North East High School and Perryville High School all had a graduation rate of 89%.
There was an increase in the graduation rate among African American students. In 2017, 88.39% of students graduated, up from 86.96% in 2016.
Special education rates have increased by almost 20% since 2012.
School officials noted that the county’s dropout rate continues to decrease.
“We have a group of administrators who work one-on-one with the students to make sure they get what they need,” explained Anne Gellrich, Executive Director for High School Education for Cecil County Schools.
“It’s become part of our culture in the schools,” added Jeffrey Lawson, Associate Superintendent for Education Services for the county school system.
As for areas for improvement, school officials said work needs to be done with students who receive free and reduced meals. The goal is to improve their attendance, work to address competing family demands and try to change generational attitudes toward education.
At individual schools, there will be efforts to improve school attendance and graduation.
Additionally, school officials said classroom supports will be added as the rigor of academic requirements increase.