Bossier Schools is proud to announce its 2014-15 high school graduation rate reached an all-time district high of 84.5 percent, reflecting a tremendous gain of 4.7 percentage points.
This gain is reflective of many things, but one in particular that Bossier Schools Chief Academic Officer Tom Daniel cites is the addition of graduation/accountability coaches at each high school.
“These coaches work with each student, but focus great concentration on at-risk students by providing them with an advocate and individualized plan to attain academic success,” Daniel explained. He went to say “This type of mentorship at the high school level has, in turn, provided them a source of encouragement to stay in school and graduate.”
An expansion of Advanced Placement opportunities and a variety of enhanced coursework are also attributed to Bossier Parish students’ success, as well as consistent improvement in ACT scores.
“This is a direct reflection of students’ hard work as well as our educators’ commitment to help prepare every child for a successful future,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent D.C. Machen, Jr. “Offering additional AP courses is also indicative of the powerful role strong community support plays in a school system.”
Machen pointed to the nearly $1 million in grants Bossier Schools has received over the last few years from the Department of Defense Educational Activity fund.
“We commend our 2014-15 graduates and look forward to the academic gains our Class of 2016 brings to the district,” Machen added.