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Forsyth County Schools tout top graduation rate in metro area
Row of Graduates

Forsyth County Schools is typically touted among the top school systems in the state, and this week some numbers were released to back that claim up.

This week, graduation rates for the 2017-2018 school year were released, with the school district as a whole earning a 94.19 percent overall graduation rate, well above the statewide rate of 81.6 percent. Per a news release, the rate is the highest in metro Atlanta and among districts graduating more than 850 students.

“We are committed to having all Forsyth County students graduate from high school,” Superintendent Jeff Bearden said in the release. “I am very proud of the continued progress of our students. We have excellent teachers and support staff, and I join them in being thankful for our parent and community support as we prepare our children to lead and succeed.”

The release detailed graduation rates for Forsyth Virtual Academy and North Forsyth, South Forsyth, Lambert, Forsyth Central and West Forsyth high schools for last year, the 2016-2017 school year and the 2015-2016 school year.

All schools – except Lambert, which saw a dip from 98.7 percent to about 96.9 percent –  improved from the 2015-2016 rate, about a 92.7 percent countywide graduation rate, though some did slide slightly from 2016-2017.

Compared to last year, North fell from about 91 percent to 90.2 percent, South from about 97 percent to around 96 percent, Lambert from 98.6 percent to about 96.9 percent.

Forsyth Central rose from 91.5 percent in 2016-2017 to 93.2 percent last year, and West’s rate from that period increased from 92.6 percent to 93.9 percent.

For the second straight year, Forsyth Virtual Academy had a 100 percent graduation rate.