Texas High School Graduation Rates

By: Kylie Dixon Email
By: Kylie Dixon Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX-- Texas Education Agency reported that the State of Texas has the 10th highest overall graduation rates nationally.

On average, Texas schools graduate 84%. Local Texas schools, like Tom Bean High School, graduation rates are above the state average.

"If you aren't enjoying what you are doing, then it's hard to get them here. Part of our deal here, is to make the classes a little fun, make it a little different. Make the college where it's accessible to them and they can start their college career earlier," said, Roger Ellis, Tom Bean High School Principal.

The 2A high school said their school senior graduation rates have reached 100% some years. Ellis said every student is an individual and has different needs.

"Our graduation rate is high, because we are a small. We do keep track of the kids, that's the most important thing is knowing what they need. Every program doesn't work for every student. So we have the ability to change it for a particular student to make it work for them."

A Larger Texoma school, like 4A, Sherman High School, is also above the state average, with 90% average graduation rate.

Michelle Burton, the Senior Counselor, said Sherman High School goes above and beyond for their students.

"Our teachers work very, very hard. They stay in communication with the parents. They have tutoring before school, after school. We don't lower our standards. We expect the students to rise up and they do, when they are expected to, they do," Burton said.

The TEA also reported that minorities in Texas graduate at a higher rate than the rest of the country and Sherman is above the state average in every category.

Burton says it's because every student can find something they enjoy doing.

"In high school, our size, has many, many, many opportunities to get involved in something that they would want to, or interested in," Burton said.

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