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RCS graduation rate up, dropout rate down in 2015

The New York State Education Department released high school graduation rates for the 2011 cohort (students who entered ninth grade in 2011) on Jan. 11. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk was near the top of the list with an 89 percent graduation rate in 2015. That is up one percent from the 2014 school year and is 11 percent higher than the state average.

“We were literally one student away from reaching a 90 percent graduation rate last year,” said RCS High School Principal Tom DiAcetis. “It truly shows that every student counts.”

In an announcement after the numbers were released, DiAcetis congratulated his students, faculty and staff. “We had the same graduation rate as larger districts, Shenendehowa and Saratoga Springs, I think that speak volumes to the dedicated teachers and extremely capable students we have here at RCS.”

RCS also saw its dropout rate decrease 2 percentage points to 5 percent in 2015. That places the school 2 percent below the state average.