Catholic division graduation rates exceed province in most categories

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A report on three- and five-year graduation rates shows that the Prince Albert Catholic School Division outperforms the rest of the province in almost every area.

First Nations Métis and Inuit (FNMI) and non-FNMI students scored higher than their provincial counterparts over three and five year periods.

Education director Lorel Trumier said the board is still looking forward to this report from the Education Ministry as it shows the progress students are making.

“This is a moment of pure celebration for the students who have worked very hard over the years and for their families who have supported them,” explained Trumier. “It’s such a great sense of satisfaction when we watch our students graduate. And I know one of the things we’ve always loved about graduation is watching students walk across the stage to graduate, they have such a sense of pride because every student has a story.

“We are pleased that our numbers surpass the provincial average in all categories for the five-year period. We are not satisfied until 100% of our students have graduated, ”she added.

In 2020-2021, St. Mary’s High School had its largest all-time graduating class with 235 students summoning. During Monday night’s discussion, Administrator Darryl Sande asked about the one percent variation between the province and the division in three-year graduation rates. It comes down to the demographics of the division,

“This is the proportion of students that we have a large number of First Nations Métis students and when you look at the proportion of that to non-Aboriginal Métis, it’s a statistical calculation. That’s why we like to pull this off, isolate, and take a look. And we have made efforts to remove barriers for students, whether they are First Nations Métis or non-First Nations Métis, ”said Trumier.

The three-year graduation rates for the Catholic division were 78 percent for all students, 92 percent for non-FNMIs, and 59 percent for FNMIs. The provincial average for all students is 79 percent, for non-FNMI it is 89 percent, and for FNMI it is 45 percent.

The five-year graduation rates in the Catholic division were 87 percent, 97 percent for non-FNMIs, and 74 percent for FNMIs. In the province, the average for all students is 85 percent, for non-FNMI 92 percent, and for FNMI 62 percent.

“We know that graduation changes the trajectory of their lives and we make it a priority. Again, this is a celebration of our students, their families and all of our staff. There are years of effort trying to support our students, so this is a big highlight of the work we do, ”she said.

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