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Graduation levels at Cowichan Secondary and district-wide top provincial averages

Graduate Gerome Alphonse makes his way into the Island Savings Centre Arena during Cowichan Secondary School’s valediction ceremonies on June 27. - Andrew Leong/file
Graduate Gerome Alphonse makes his way into the Island Savings Centre Arena during Cowichan Secondary School’s valediction ceremonies on June 27.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Graduation rates for Cowichan Secondary and all of School District 79 are above provincial averages.

Statistics show rates for all students eligible to graduate are near-perfect at Cowichan Secondary at 99% and 98% for the district as a whole. The provincial rate for both public and private facilities sits at 95% for those eligible to graduate.

For first-time students in Grade 12, Cowichan boasts a 92% mark and the district is at 82%, compared to the provincial average of 81%.

"This is a celebration for the whole system, K to 12, not just for the high school,'' noted Cowichan principal Charlie Coleman. "It should be particularly satisfying for folks who have worked at Prevost, Quamichan and Cowichan over the last few years. Keeping kids engaged in school is the key to improved grad rates.

"Special thanks to the folks who helped us get the grade 12s all the way to grad. Please note, this is just one measure of success. Not everything we do well can be measured. Pretty hard to measure things like 'welcoming tone', but we know that is important too.''

The numbers are also encouraging for Aboriginal students, with 100% of those eligible to graduate making it at Cowichan Secondary, with a 95% rate across the district. The province rate for public and private schools sits at 91%.

There's a 71% successful graduation rate at Cowichan for first-timers, those who graduate the first time they are in Grade 12. The district mark of 59% is the only statistic that slips below the provincial average of 65%.

The numbers show Cowichan is maintaining a high standard, Coleman indicated. "We are consistently strong over time.''

The basic graduation rate has gone from 97% to 99% over five years and from 90% to 92% for the first-time students.

Aboriginal rates have advanced from 95% to 100% for eligible students. The first-time student graduation rate has bounced up and down but stayed steady at 71%.

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