SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah-Chatham County Public Scool System started graduation ceremonies on Tuesday.
Seniors from three schools walked across the big stage to receive their diplomas. The school system is expecting graduation rates to increase again for the fourth straight year. Last year, the graduation rate for SCCPSS was 84.3 percent. That number has increased for the last three years. We spoke with Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett to find out how the numbers are improving. She says more options are offered to students, which has increased motivation.
"So, they not only have an opportunity to be successful to get the support that they need. We also encourage them to enroll in dual enrollment opportunities so they not only graduate with honors here, they also graduate with college credit under their belt," said Dr. Ann Levett, Superintendent. "We've been very deliberate in our programs and strategies to ensure student success."
That's led to a steady increase of students graduating every year since 2015.
"Early indications are that the number has gone up."
Navigating the course of life and high school for some can be tough, and students recognize their accomplishments.
"I didn't think that I would make it this far, and the fact that I did was just me doubting myself," one student said.
"You always pull through, always believe. Don't give up. You'll get through this."
The official numbers won't be released until sometime in November.