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2019 Graduation Data Released for St. Mary Parish

St. Mary Parish’s graduation rate saw a small decline as did the graduation rate for the entire state.  St. Mary continues to outpace the state average by approximately 13 percentage points.  The 92.7 percent graduation rate places St. Mary Parish in the top 15 districts in the state, outperforming all surrounding districts except Lafourche Parish.

District and State Graduation Rates
2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
St. Mary Parish 83.5 84.9 88.2 94.7 92.7
Louisiana 77.5 77.0 78.1 81.4 80.1

Individual school cohort graduation rates were released as well.  Patterson High School showed an increase while Centerville High maintained a 100 percent graduation rate.  All St. Mary Parish schools exceed the state graduation rate.

Cohort Graduation Rate
2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Berwick High School 92.5 93.6 93.1 96.8 93.2
Centerville High School 94.1 100 89.1 100 100
Franklin High School 71.7 77.0 82.7 89.5 86.1
Morgan City High School 80.8 83.8 85.7 95 93.2
Patterson High School 96.0 86.3 91.2 95.1 95.7
West St. Mary High School 74.0 75.3 89.2 93.7 93.3

Accompanying the release of graduation rates, the state announced corresponding credential rates for schools and districts. Students can earn “Advanced” credentials by scoring 3+ on Advanced Placement (AP), 50+ on College Level Examination Program (CLEP) course test, or by earning an Advanced Jumpstart credential.  To earn Basic credentials, a student must earn credit in a TOPS core curriculum course that is AP, college credit, dual enrollment, or IB or they can earn a Basic Jumpstart Credential.  The percent of students earning credentials in St. Mary Parish increased significantly from 61.1 in 2018 to 80.8 in 2019.

2018 Graduates Earning Credentials Rates
Advanced Credentials Basic Credentials Advanced     + Basic
Berwick High School 25.8 66.7 92.4
Centerville High School 7.0 90.7 97.7
Franklin High School 10.1 53.2 63.3
Morgan City High School 35.2 29.0 64.2
Patterson High School 16.1 76.3 92.5
West St. Mary High School 7.9 83.1 91.0
St. Mary Parish 20.5 60.3 80.8
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