St. Mary is celebrating graduation rates that outperform those of the province, the Prince Albert Catholic School Division said in a press release Thursday.
Record numbers of students are graduating from St. Mary, the division said.
“Ecole St. Mary School continues the upward trend of graduating more students year over year,” the division wrote.
‘The Prince Albert Roman Catholic Separate School Division Board of Education is proud of all of the graduates, families and staff for their efforts in achieving this very important goal.”
The on-time graduation rate for non-First Nations, Métis and Inuit students increased by five per cent last year to 96 per cent. The provincial on-time graduation rate is 87 per cent. It’s defined as students graduating within here years of starting Grade 10.
The school’s on-time graduation rate for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students also increased in 2018-19, growing three per cent to 56 per cent.
The provincial graduation rate for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students is 43 per cent.
“I am pleased to see that the work of our staff at École St. Mary High School in the areas of student engagement and building relationships with our students and school community. It has had a positive effect on our graduation rates,” said school principal Mark Phaneuf.
“I am most proud of the accomplishments of our students and the successes they have enjoyed in our school. Our focus … has been and will continue to be on the needs of our students transitioning into, through and out of our school. A core belief among our staff is to teach Peter math, we need to know two things; we need to know math and we also need to know Peter.”
St. Mary is also exceeding the provincial graduation rate for students who require more time. Known as extended-time graduation, it’s defined as graduating within five years of starting grade 10.
The extended-time graduation rate for non-First Nations, Métis and Inuit students at St. Mary was 97 per cent last school year, as compared to 91 per cent provincially. The extended-time graduation rate for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students increased by two per cent to 79 per cent in 2018-19 at St. Mary. The provincial rate was 61 per cent.
“The success of our students can be attributed to the great partnership of parents and staff,” said board chair Suzanne Stubbs in a press release.
“Thank you to all staff in Prince Albert Catholic Schools for their dedication and commitment for our students in their educational journey.”