GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- District 51 topped the state’s average graduation rate last year.
Data released by the Colorado Department of Education says the district's graduation rate was 80.9 percent, that's up a percent compared to 2017.
It's just slightly more than the state average of 80.7.
Schools officials say it’s down to more options like STEM, Advanced Placement classes, International Baccalaureate and advice about college from staff.
"We are doing a lot more with student options. We are making sure that there are a lot more avenues for students to get their diploma. We are making sure that there are more avenues for students to show their learning in classes and a lot of them going on to do others things, whether it’s going into the military, going to tech school, going to a four-year university,” said Emily Shockley, School District 51.
Overall, D51 continues to follow an upward trend since 2008.
Central High School made the biggest leap with almost a 5 percent increase.
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