The Virginia Department of Education recently reported that Shenandoah County Public Schools has a 95.2% graduation rate, which is down slightly from 96.9% from the prior year but higher than the state average of 91.5%.

Shenandoah County Public Schools Mark Johnston said he is happy with the students' performance.

"We are extremely pleased that our on-time graduation rates continue above 95%. It is not realistic to achieve a 100% rate given that some students, such as English learners who come to us at 16 or 17 with no high school credits, require more than four years to complete their graduation requirements," Johnston said.

The report details Virginia schools' on-time graduation rates by tracking the percentage of students who earn their high school diploma in four-years of starting high school.

A breakdown of the Shenandoah County graduation rates for 2019 reveals 96.1% of female students graduated on time while 94.4% of male students graduated on time. This is down from 97.9% of female students and 95.7% of male students who graduated on time in 2018.

It also shows in 2019 that 190 graduating students in the county earned advanced studies diploma.

"While we prefer students to acquire an advanced studies diploma, we have the highest college acceptance rates in the region. In addition, more and more of our students are graduating with industry credentials, indicating their readiness as well for continued technical training or entry into the workforce. I believe our data reflects our efforts to graduate students who are both college and career ready," Johnston said.

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