by Mike Knaak
Sartell High School’s graduation rate took a slight dip in 2019, but still remained well above the state average.
According to the Minnesota Department of Education, 96.5 percent of students graduated in four years, compared with 83.7 percent statewide.
The Sartell score dropped from 98.2 percent in 2018.
Compared with other area districts, Sartell ranked behind Holdingford’s 97.4 percent and above 92.2 percent in Albany and 90 percent at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.
St. Cloud’s two public high schools, Apollo and Tech, posted increases from the previous year but still scored below the statewide average.
At Apollo, 79.4 percent of students graduated in four years and at Tech 81.4 percent graduated in four years.
Both schools recorded a significant gap between white and black students.
The gap between white students and black students at Apollo was 26 percentage points, with the white student rate at 90.4 percent and the black student rate at 64.1 percent.
At Tech, the graduation gap between white and black students was 20.6 percentage points with white students graduating at a rate of 90 percent and black students graduating at a rate of 69.8 percent.
Complete graduation data and other details about school performance are available on the Minnesota Department of Education website at https://rc.education.mn.gov. The Minnesota Report Card presents easy to read, mobile-friendly charts and graphs that illustrate trends for all student groups.