Regina’s Catholic School Division says it’s continuing at upward trend of graduation rates.
According to the Superintendent of Education Services with Regina Catholic Schools, grad rates are on the rise.
Kelley Ehman says the numbers are particularly significant for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.
She says the success-rate is due to many initiatives. In particular, ensuring the students come to class.
“Reinforcing the importance of attendance with all of our families, but in particular High School as well,” Ehman says. “There’s a nice correlation between our high attendance rates, which is about 94% overall. We’ve always said if students are in the seats, we can work with them.”
Kelley Ehman says First Nations, Metis and Inuit students had a 73-percent graduation rate in 2017.
She says that number eclipses the provincial average of 43-percent — and she attributes that to consistent support.
“We have aboriginal liaisons,” Ehman said. “These are support workers that work hand-in-glove with our guidance team and our administrative team. To work on cultural engagement within the school. As well as academic achievements.”
Ehman says goals are set to ensure every student earns eight credits a year in grades 10, 11 and 12.
She says this puts them on pathway for 24-credit, three-year, on-time graduation.