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Setting high goals leads to increase in graduation rate

At the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District set a goal to increase the graduation rate by two percent for students graduating in four years. Fast forward to June, seniors in the class of 2018 crossed the stage to receive their diplomas.

After crunching the numbers, district administrators were thrilled to see that they not only achieved the two percent goal, they surpassed it, reaching a four percent increase in students graduating in four years.

And while it may seem like the focus was simply on the numbers, that was not the case said RCS High School Principal Lisa Patierne.

“When we look at numbers and data in a school environment, those numbers represent real students, students we work with every day,” Patierne said. “We focus on the individual students, encouraging our faculty and staff to each connect with and have an impact on one extra student during the year.”

One student who needed help, one student who needed a friendly ear to listen, one student who needed a bit of a push toward success.

The district is setting a lofty goal again this year, setting it’s sights on raising the graduation rate by another two percent in 2018-19. And with that, Patierne says it is imperative to create a safe space both emotionally and physically for each and every student.

“We must think about every student every day.  That is how we are going to continue to raise our graduation rate each year to reach our ultimate goal of 100 percent.”