The Georgia Department of Education, Division for Special Education Services and Supports, released the FY19 Annual Event Graduation Rate for students with disabilities (SWD). Barrow County School System’s Annual Event graduation rate increased by +8% over last year's 77.1% and posted at 85.2%.
The Annual Event Graduation represents the number of students with disabilities (SWD) who exited in the reporting year with a general education diploma, regardless of when they entered high school or how many years it took to earn the diploma.
Apalachee and Winder-Barrow High School had 825 total graduates in May. The graduation rate for the 4-year cohort was 87.6% in Barrow. BCSS is one of 78 school districts in Georgia with an Annual Event Graduation rate over 85%.
“The increase in the graduation rate for our exceptional students is a testament to the hard work and “Yes I Can!” attitude of our teachers and staff, our parents and community, and most of all our students,” says Dr. Brad Bowling, Director of Special Education. “It is absolutely essential that we all work together to help ALL of our students experience post-secondary success and the increase, I believe, celebrates the successful work of our students and any of the challenges they may have overcome to graduate.”