By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
The Corinth School District has the fourth-highest graduation rate in the state, according to figures released Thursday by the Mississippi Department of Education.
CSD Superintendent Dr. Lee Childress said “we were extremely pleased” with the district’s graduation rate for 2018.
The district’s four-year graduate rate was 95 percent compared to the state average of 84 percent.
The district also ranked No. 2 in the state for having the lowest dropout rate at only 0.7 percent. It was second only to the Mississippi School for Math and Science and Mississippi School for the Arts, which both had 0 percent dropout rates. The statewide dropout rate was 10 percent, which is an historic low for Mississippi.
The graduation rate for economically disadvantaged students in the CSD was 93 percent compared to 81 percent for that subgroup statewide.
Corinth High School is doing a “great job” preparing students to be college and career ready and keeping children in school, Childress said. He is also proud of the students for working hard to graduate.
CSD also did very well statewide in the area of students with disabilities. Statewide, the graduation rate for students with disabilities was 38.4 percent, and Corinth well exceeded that rate at 67 percent, ranking fourth statewide.
Childress said he is proud of the teachers and administrators not only at the high school, but also at the middle and elementary schools for preparing students.
The Alcorn School District’s graduation rate was also higher than the state average at 88 percent. Its dropout rate was 7.4 percent, which was also better than the state average.
For students with disabilities, the Alcorn School District’s graduation rate was 50 percent, which was higher than the state average.