Carmel High School graduation rate up


Carmel High School is celebrating a record high graduation rate of 95.32 percent for the 2009-2010 school year.  This is a .6 percent increase over the 2009 graduation rate and 11 percent higher than the state average.

“This record-breaking number is evidence of the hard work and dedication of all the staff and students at Carmel Clay Schools,” said Dr. Jeff Swensson, Carmel Clays Schools Superintendent.  “While we are extremely proud of these numbers, we will not stop here – we are always working to experience excellence, explore opportunities, and realize the potential of all students.”

While Carmel Clay Schools celebrates their record-high graduation rate, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) continues to report inaccurate graduation data for the school district – and others – because of a clerical error.  “We have contacted the IDOE to correct the inaccuracies in our data, but they are unwilling to allow us to submit a change,” said Christi Cloud, Director of Instructional Technology and Data Solutions at Carmel Clay Schools.  The IDOE has Carmel Clays Schools’ graduation rate at 5.74 percent less than the actual rate and the non-waiver rate at 5.73 percent less.  Carmel Clay Schools’ actual non-waiver graduation rate is 94.83 percent.

“Having these inaccuracies is a disservice to our students, staff, and community,” Dr. Swensson said. “Their hard work deserves to be acknowledged by, not only the school district, but the entire state – and country for that matter.”