SDIRC Achieves 92% Graduation Rate


SDIRC Achieves 92% Graduation Rate

On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) released student graduation rates for the 2017-18 school year. Indian River County improved its graduation rate by almost 5 points; increasing from 87.1% in 2016-2017 to 92% in 2017-2018. This exceeds the State of Florida’s graduation rate by almost 6 percentage points. Also, for the first time in the history our school district, all three of our high schools, Indian River Charter High, Sebastian River High School, and Vero Beach High School are above a 90% graduation rate.


2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Sebastian River High School

85.2%

80.4%

85.3%

83.7%

91.1%

Vero Beach High School

75.4%

81.6%

89.4%

91.0%

93.2%

Indian River Charter High School

94.0%

94.0%

94.9%

91.6%

96.3%

Overall District

79.1%

81.2%

87.2%

87.1%

92.0%

White

84.7%

86.1%

90.7%

89.9%

95.8%

Hispanic

75.8%

78.9%

85.6%

85.1%

88.2%

Black

59.7%

64.6%

74.2%

79.7%

81.9%

Two or more

85.4%

73.7%

86.2%

76.2%

94.9%

Asian

85.0%

83.3%

87.5%

95.0%

94.1%


School District of Indian River County School Board Chairman, Laura Zorc, stated, “Every year the graduation rate is important, but to be able to hit this historic record, it just shows that it is a priority of this administration and the Board to make sure that every student graduates. I am very proud of the students, teachers, family, and community partnerships within our district and all of their hard work. We will not become complacent with these numbers. We will not settle until we hit a 100% graduate rate.”

“We provided targeted assistance to students who needed additional support and it certainly paid off,” added School District of Indian River County Superintendent, Dr. Mark Rendell. “I want to congratulate all three high schools for this success – as they are all above 90% for the first

time. More importantly, this is a significant achievement not only for our high schools, but for all of our schools, as the graduation rate measures the work of the entire school district. We cannot thank our teachers, students, and families enough for their hard work and perseverance.”

Mr. Todd Racine, who was Sebastian River High School’s Principal for the 2017-2018 school year, stated, “The significant increase in the graduation rate at Sebastian River High School (SRHS) was the result of students' hard work and commitment to completing all requirements and the entire SRHS staff's attention to the needs of those students. Many systems were put into place to remove barriers of students who face academic and social-emotional issues that can distract them from achieving the goal of graduation. Teachers consistently created motivational rewards for those reaching goals, after school and weekend programs for course recovery were implemented, graduation requirement data was constantly monitored, and the organizational planning, communication, and mentoring philosophy of our Graduation Coaches were instrumental in supporting the overall student success. I am very proud of the team effort that was established on behalf of Shark Nation and working together to insure success for all students.”

Vero Beach High School Principal, Shawn O’Keefe, stated, “Vero Beach High School (VBHS) is ‘Vero Proud’ of the continued yearly improvements we have seen in our graduation rate. This is a reflection of tremendous work on the part of our students, ‘stafulty,’ and support systems. While there is still room for improvement towards our goal to have every student graduate VBHS in four years, we have developed a schoolwide culture of commitment to graduation (C2G), which equates to determination on everyone’s part; students, families, teachers, district, and community. Each contributes in a successful result for 12 plus years of education as a foundation for the future success for our students, our children. I believe we are on the right path, as we collectively strive to improve for the sake of all.”

Indian River Charter High School Principal, Cynthia Aversa, said, “Indian River Charter High School is ecstatic about the increase in our graduation rate and attribute it to the dedication of our faculty, staff, Board members, and most importantly, to our students who strive to do the best, always.”