Nationwide, 81 percent of students graduated on time in the 2012-13 school year!

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The United States Department of Education announced February 12th that the nation’s high school graduation rate has reached an all-time high of 81 percent in 2012-2013. This is the highest rate since states adopted the adjusted cohort graduation rate in 2010.

"Because of increases over the past decade or so, nearly two million additional young people have high school diplomas, giving them a chance at a more promising future,” John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance, said in a news release. “However, much work remains. Looking forward, we will focus on what more can be done so that all young people have the foundation they need to succeed in school and life."

The increase in the nation’s high school graduation rate is very welcoming and encouraging news. It is a clear reflection of the hard work of national educational leaders, community activists, parents, teachers, and, most importantly, the students who wish to see a brighter tomorrow. However, while many students are motivated to strive for excellence, there are numerous students who need to rely upon a Champion to assist them on their academic journey, especially during the critical phase of high school. A Champion can be a parent, a teacher, a mentor, a friend or, in some cases, even a class.

Dating back to my years in high school, I was enrolled in a class entitled, “Freshman Success.” The concept of the class was to give freshmen an introductory course to high school which included a layout of what to expect for the next four years, enhancing a student’s speaking skills, charting their educational path during and post-high school and learning about the vast array of opportunities that were available both inside and outside of the classroom. From having experienced this class, I firmly believe that many high school students can benefit from this type of support and guidance, it is their personal Champion on their academic journey.

To see a breakdown of state graduation comparison, visit the US Department of Education.

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