Graduation rates for Iowa high school seniors were reported rising in 2015-16 and the rate for South Tama High School topped the state average -96.88 percent - 91.3 percent.
The numbers are from a report released last week by the Iowa Department of Education.
"I am so pleased to see the years of strong effort paying off in our yearly graduation rates," South Tama Schools Superintendent Mary Jones told The Chronicle. "This positively reflects on the years of hard work our K through 12th grade teachers and support staff have dedicated our students".
South Tama Schools Superintendent Mary Jones
In fact graduation rates last year for South Tama topped most of those of area schools.
The Department of Education report showed 93 of 96 seniors graduated last year from South Tama.
"Our graduation rate for the 2015-16 is the highest it's been in a number of years and is over five percent the State," Jones said. "Three years ago we graduated 91% of our students and that increased to 96.88% last year. Coupled with a very low dropout rate of 1.2%, this is even more impressive.
"The low dropout rate can be credited to the work of the counselors and at-risk staff we have in each of our buildings. We have a system of support in place for families and students who need additional resources."
In a news release, Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said. "Graduation is a critical milestone in every student's path to success. While we're proud that Iowa continues to lead nationally in high school graduation rates, we have work to do. We must ensure all Iowa high school students not only graduate, but do so with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in post-secondary education and training."
The state report showed eight of a total of 665 South Tama High School students dropped from school in 2015-16. State-wide, the drop-out rate was reported at 1.9 percent. This is the first time since 2009-10 the state drop out rate has increased according to the Department of Education.
State Breakdown Of Students Attending STC
By ethnicity, the report said at STC 47 of 49 white students, 33 of 34 Hispanic, nine of 10 African American and 12 of 12 Native American Indian students received diplomas. In addition, 13 of 13 English Language learners graduated.
A total of 43 of 44 female and 50 of 52 male students graduated.
Operated as a Bureau of Indian Affairs school, the Meskwaki Settlement School had a 90 percent graduation rate in 2015-16, a report on their website shows.
Here's a look at the 2015-16 graduation rate for area schools:
Belle Plaine 33 of 39 84.62%
Benton Comm. 95- 104 91.35%
BGM 54 of 54 100%
Gladbrook-Reinbeck 44 - 46 95.65%
GMG 26 of 26 100%
Grinnell -Newberg- 103 - 115 89.57%
Marshalltown 288 - 343 83.97%
North Tama 34 - 39 87.18%
Union 80 - 84 95.24%
Vinton-Shellsburg 124 - 133 93.23%
State -Wide 31,511 - 34, 528 91.26%