Vidalia High School's Class of 2016 led the area in graduation rates.
The Georgia Department of Education released statewide graduation rates this week and reported the average graduation rate statewide is 79.2 percent.
Vidalia High School exceeded the state average by more than 13 points with a graduation rate of 94.4 percent.
School Principal John Sharpe says the school set a goal four years ago, "We set a goal to challenge our teachers that we wanted to be up to 90 percent. In 2013 we were 74 percent, we jumped up to 76 percent and then in 2015 we were at 87 percent. We are thrilled to get to 94.4 percent this year and it couldn't be done without teachers going the extra mile and it's not just teachers. I know our superintendent, Dr. Wilcox, has even gone and picked up students to attend summer school so they could finish. Now that we've reached this point we just want to see if we can maintain and continue to improve so that those ten students who didn't make it can make it," he said.
Most other high schools in the area had graduation rates that also exceeded the state average with rates of 80 percent or above. Two high schools, Toombs and Tattnall, were below the state average.
2016 AREA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES
|Jeff Davis Co