District’s 95 percent graduation rate ranked No. 2 in the region

The Schuylerville Central School District is continuing its trend of having one of the highest graduation rates in the region. According to a Feb. 10 report issued by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the district’s 2016 graduation rate of 95 percent tied for the second-highest graduate rate among schools in the ten-county Greater Capital Region (Albany, Essex, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington) that graduated 30 or more students.

“The results show the outstanding efforts of our school community,” High School Principal Matthew Sickles said. “We have students who are committed to academic success and we have support for those students, in the form of teachers, staff and parents, to ensure each student can reach his or her highest potential.”

The district requires 24 credits for graduation; two credits more than the New York state graduation requirement. Despite the additional workload, Schuylerville tied for the top graduation rate among schools in Saratoga County and ranked well above the statewide average of 79 percent.

“Our teachers hold our students to a high standard from the time they’re in elementary school,” Superintendent Dr. Ryan Sherman said. “Setting the bar high, while making them eager to learn and work hard, has helped motivate our students.”

Schuylerville’s 2016 graduation rate of 95 percent also ranked highest in the Foothills Council and marked the sixth consecutive year that the district had a four-year graduation rate greater than 90 percent.

“This upward trend we’ve seen would not be possible without the support of our Student Services staff,” Sickles said. “Through early intervention, our school counselors have been able to identify students at risk of dropping out and work with them, and their families, to help these students overcome any obstacles preventing them from reaching graduation day.”

Sickles also attributes the successes in Schuylerville to extensive Regents review classes, distance learning classes and a high rate of participation in Career & Technical Education (CTE).

“We strive to give our students as many opportunities as possible to help them work on their weaknesses, explore their interests and engage them in learning,” Sickles said.

Schuylerville’s four-year graduation rate, as defined by NYSED, refers to students from the 2012 cohort who earned a diploma by August 2016. Students in the 2012 cohort are those who began ninth grade in fall 2012.