More and more high school students are graduating on time in the Queen City’s public school system.
Regina Public Schools announced there was a significant increase in graduation rated in the 2016-17 school year and an increase over the past seven years.
The on-time graduation rate, considered three years to graduate from Grade 10 to 12, for all public school students in Regina increased by five per cent, going from 74 per cent in 2015-16 to 79 per cent in 2016-17.
First Nations, Métis and Inuit students saw an increase of 11 per cent when it comes to on-time graduation, going from 42 per cent to 53 per cent. Non-First Nations, Métis and Inuit students increased from 81 per cent to 85 per cent, equal to the provincial average of four per cent.
In the past seven years, there was a 10 per cent increase in on-time graduation for all students, which surpassed the provincial average.
“These results place Regina Public Schools above the provincial average and demonstrate that the priority we have given to graduation rates and to creating a division-wide culture of achievement is helping our students be their best and successfully graduate,” said Greg Enion, director of education for Regina Public Schools.
The extended graduation rate, students who graduate from Grade 12 within five years of starting Grade 10, is also on the rise, increasing from 80 per cent to 82 per cent of the past year. However, the extended graduation rate for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students did decline, down to 59 per cent from 63 per cent.