School District 1 Logs 88 Percent Graduation Rate

94 percent of Big Horn High School seniors graduated last year. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)
94 percent of Big Horn High School seniors graduated last year. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)

The graduation rate for the two high schools in Sheridan County School District 1 averaged 88 percent, about 6 percent above the statewide average as reported recently by the Wyoming Department of Education.

District 1 Superintendent Pete Kilbride said the district is happy with that number, but not satisfied with it.

Statewide, the graduation rate for high school seniors last year was just under 82 percent, which is an increase for the fifth consecutive year. Kilbride said he sees that as a good sign for the state.

Kilbride said School District 1's two high schools, Big Horn and Tongue River High in Dayton, have been fairly steady, always around the 90 percent mark although fluctuating from one year to another.

He said there has been a steady increase in graduation rates.

Kilbride said between the two high schools, Big Horn had the highest graduation rate, with 30 out of 32 seniors graduating – 94 percent. At Tongue River, 21 of the 26 seniors graduated, a rate of 81 percent.

But, Kilbride said, those numbers don't tell the whole story. Of the seven who didn't graduate, he said, one was a special education student who, because of circumstances, won't ever receive a high school diploma. He said that student did receive a certificate of completion.

He said three students left the school district to get their GEDs, including two who were sent to the Boys' School. Two were dropouts from the Cowboy State Virtual Academy, and Kilbride said the district has been unable to contact them. The seventh student, he said, was a dropout.

All of them, he said, are counted when the district's graduation rates are computed.

Last year's Tongue River High School graduates. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)
Last year's Tongue River High School graduates. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)
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