Ridge, Pitt grad rate over 90 per cent

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District grads surpass provincial average of 83 per cent

The graduation rate in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District shot up to almost 91 per cent last year.

That was a last-minute addition to Wednesday’s night’s school board meeting, and a jubilant superintendent Jan Unwin noted that although the provincial average for last year has not yet been officially calculated, it was 83.6 per cent.

It was a point of pride for the educators, because in the 2008-2009 school year the rate was a substandard 77 per cent locally. It rose to 78 and 79 per cent in each of the following years, shot up to 83 per cent the next, then hit it’s lofty 90.7 per cent last year.

“Those are some good results, based on a lot of hard work by a whole lot of people,” Unwin told the board.

The school completion rate by aboriginal students has been targeted as a concern for years, and that was at 74 per cent.

That is well ahead of the last calculated provincial average (2011-2012) of 57 per cent.

For female students it rose marginally, from 74 to 74 per cent. But the male aboriginal student completion rate jumped from 62  to 71 per cent in a year.

“One of the differences has been a strategy to focus on individual kids who are struggling,” noted school board chairman Mike Murray.

“If someone is struggling, it’s noticed, and someone tries to do something about it.”

Unwin agreed that case management approach is one of the big reasons.

“We need to know every kid, and what’s their story, and then you help them.”

And, she said the many choices that kids get to make about their high school programs, including academies and cyber school, help the graduation rate.

Still, the sudden jump of some seven per cent in the completion rate is a surprise.

“You get small increases when you put systems in place, and then you refine them, and then you get really good at it,” explained Unwin.

Murray gives Unwin credit too, saying the steady rise in grad rates corresponds to her getting the top job at the district office.

“It can’t be entirely coincidence.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Maple Ridge woman fights WorkSafe B.C. over police widow’s pension

Dalila Vroom says husband, Const. Robert Vroom, died as result of PTSD from time with Abbotsford PD

Heavy police presence at Maple Ridge traffic accident

Multiple police seen running into house

UPDATE: Fraser Health declares COVID-19 outbreak over at Maple Ridge seniors residence

All remaining residents and staff have been cleared of the virus at Chartwell’s Willow Retirement Residence

Anonymous donor gives $10,000 to ARMS in Maple Ridge

The Alouette River Management Society has 10,000 chances to win the Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Thousands raised for food bank by caring individuals in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

One family raised $1,100 by making angel keychains and another raised $3,200 by making face masks

B.C. records four new COVID-19 cases, Abbotsford hospital outbreak cleared

Four senior home outbreaks also declared over, eight still active

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

Thanks for helping The News to continue its mission to provide trusted local news

RCMP, coroner investigate murder-suicide on Salt Spring Island

Two dead, police say there is no risk to the public

About 30% of B.C. students return to schools as in-class teaching restarts amid pandemic

Education minister noted that in-class instruction remains optional

Trudeau avoids questions about anti-racism protesters dispersed for Trump photo-op

Prime minister says racism is an issue Canadians must tackle at home, too

B.C.’s Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics goes virtual

The annual event partnering RCMP with Special Olympians is dramatically altered by COVID-19

Bateman program encourages people to sketch outside, connect with nature

#MyNatureSketch initiative encourages Canadians to become ‘bright-eyed three year olds’

Be cautious expanding COVID-19 bubble, Dr. Bonnie Henry tells B.C.

Senior homes stay off-limits as schools, businesses reopen

Most Read