2023 BCSS Graduation Rate Reaches Record High 91.5%

class of 2023 grads

Barrow County School System’s Class of 2023 has achieved a high school graduation rate of 91.5% - the highest in BCSS history since grad rates have been measured statewide (starting in 2000). This 4-year cohort graduation rate is based on the number of students who graduate within four years of entering ninth grade. BCSS graduated 984 students, an increase of two percentage points from the class of 2022 (89.49%).

The Georgia Department of Education reports the 2023 grad rate for the state of Georgia is 84.4%. For the past 9 years, Barrow County has consistently posted above the state average.

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4-Year Grad Rate

State of Georgia
Barrow County School System
Apalachee High School
Barrow Arts & Sciences Academy
Winder-Barrow High School


"This accomplishment is a testament to our students, staff, and families. Their academic successes and their commitment and engagement in their education is reflected in this record rate," said Superintendent Dr. Chris McMichael. "I am proud of all of the graduates and cannot wait to see how the Class of 2023 impacts the community, state, and world."

Barrow County School System Graduation Rates – 2013 to 2023

BCSS Graduation Rate Graph*All data is representative of the 4-year graduation rate

Class of 2023 Successes:

  • Dual Enrollment Credits completed: 805
  • AP classes taken: 1140
  • Honors classes taken: 3232
  • CTAE Pathways completed: 134

More about the 2023 Cohort

  • The graduating class of 2023 is the largest cohort of graduates to date for BCSS.
  • Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy graduated their first class in 2023 and boasted a graduation rate of almost 98%.
  • Despite pandemic shutdown challenges during their ninth-grade year, these students finished stronger than any previous cohort. Students worked diligently with counselors and graduation specialists to ensure they were ready to graduate.

The Class of 2023 graduation rate is proof of the power of an entire system working together toward a common goal. In true Barrow BOLD fashion, school leaders will continue to look for innovative ways to support students achieve success.

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