The Six-Year Completion Rate for BC residents, often referred to as the “grad rate”, increased and approached the BC average in June 2019. The percentage of Gulf Islands School District students graduating in six years from their grade 8 to 12 program jumped from 74.2% for the previous year to 82.7%, the 4th largest increase in the province. The results were confirmed by BC’s Ministry of Education in December 2019.
Focused work by teachers and staff have contributed to this accomplishment,” stated Scott Benwell, Gulf Islands’ Superintendent of Schools. This is one important indicator of the work we do as a public school system to ensure students have equitable and meaningful options for success when they graduate.
Achieving results and improvement like this takes effort from all and it is heartening to see that more of our students walked the stage with dignity, purpose, and options.
Scott Benwell, Superintendent of Schools
While this is a positive gain, we know that our continued work on behalf of students will enable us to soon meet and surpass the provincial grad rate of 88.8%. We owe that to our students to provide opportunities for future success in careers, further education, and employment.”
“At GISS (Gulf Islands Secondary School) our work has focused on supporting individual students to take the steps necessary to complete all of their graduation requirements. This has contributed to our improved grad rates.”Lyall Ruehlen, Principal
Learning story: Doug Livingston