ECI graduation rate among highest in RESA


The Georgia Department of Education recently released data for this year’s graduation rates and compared to other counties in the CSRA RESA, Emanuel County Institute had one of the highest averages among the 29 high schools. Swainsboro High, on the other hand, came in around the middle.

Twenty-seven other high schools join the two local ones in making up the CSRA RESA. Joining Emanuel County high schools in this group are institutions from Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, and Wilkes counties.

While the number of graduating students from all of those schools varied, the local graduation rates are positive.

ECI had a graduating class size of 93 students. Ninety of those students completed the requirements for graduation for a total 2020 rate of 96.8 percent.

Swainsboro High had a graduating class size of 166 students, 140 of which completed the requirements to graduate for a graduation rate of 84.3 percent.

For Swainsboro, these findings are improvements from 2020. At that time, the school had 195 students in its graduating class, 156 of which actually graduated for a graduation rate of 80.0 percent.

ECI’s 2021 rate, on the other hand, is slightly down. In 2020, the school had 77 students in its graduating class, 73 of which actually graduated for a rate of 94.8 percent.

Richmond County was the only district in the RESA to boast a 100 percent graduation rate this year—doing it three times over with schools Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School, Johnson Magnet, and Davidson Magnet. Columbia County’s Greenbrier High had the fourth highest graduation rate, and the only school ahead of ECI was Glascock County High School in fifth place.

Richmond County also added some of the lowest graduation rates across the RESA. Josey High had a rate of 71.4 percent, Alternative Education Center at Morgan had a rate of 21.2 percent, and Performance Learning Center had a rate of 8.5 percent.

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