GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The numbers are officially in and District 51 is one of the top five school districts in the state that has improved graduation rates and lowered dropout rates.
District 51 has increased its graduation rate by three-point-two percent compared to point-seven percent statewide. That's almost five times the state rate. That means 43 more students graduated in 2009 than 2008 and District 51 is happy to hear its efforts to keep kids in school are paying off.
"We're very excited about that. Those are numbers we've been anticipating with the reform and programs we've put into place the last three years. So it's very encouraging," says Jeff Kirkland, communications director for District 51.
District 51 has also lowered its dropout rates by not only focusing on high school students, but middle schoolers as well. That dropout rate went down seven percent and statewide it decreased by two percent.