Mississippi is graduating more seniors than most schools in the country, and Corinth High School is ranked inside the state’s top 10.

That’s according to a release from the state department of education on Thursday.

Mississippi’s high school students recorded a graduation rate of 87.7 percent during the past school year and with that rate they moved pass the most recent national graduation rate of 85 percent.

Both local school districts are doing even better than the state as a whole.

The new four-year average graduation rate, including the 2019-20 school year, is 93.3 percent for the Corinth School District and 90.7 percent for the Alcorn School District.

Corinth’s graduation rate is actually one of the highest in the state. Corinth is in a three-way tie for 10th highest with Lowndes County and Calhoun County.

The statewide drop-out rate also fell to an historic low of 8.8 percent, a decrease from 13.9 percent in 2014.

Corinth shares the lowest four-year drop-out rate in the state at 0 percent tied with Mississippi School of the Arts and Mississippi Schools for The Blind and Deaf.

Alcorn School District’s drop-out rate is at 5.1 percent.

The graduation rate for students with disabilities reached an all-time high of 55.4 percent in the state, more than double the rate of 23.2 percent in 2014.

The four-year graduation rate for students with disabilities is 52.2 percent for Alcorn County schools and 37.5 percent for Corinth.

According to Mississippi’s Superintendent of Education Carey Wright, the year’s report supports the significant academic gains students have been making since the state fully implemented higher academic standards in 2014.

“Mississippi students are recognized nationally for the tremendous academic growth they have achieved in recent years,” said Wright. “I am incredibly proud of our state’s teachers, school leaders and parents, who have committed themselves to ensuring students complete high school prepared for college, postsecondary training, the military and the workforce.”

High school students now have the opportunity to earn an endorsement with their high school diploma. Starting in their freshman year, students choose whether they want to work toward a traditional diploma, or take additional classes to earn an academic, distinguished academic or career and technical education endorsement. Students can earn more than one endorsement.

Each diploma option prepares students to be successful after graduation, whether that be in the workforce, a career and technical training program, the military or college.

Students who earn an academic or distinguished academic diploma endorsement from a public high school automatically qualify for admission into any of the state’s public universities.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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