LaFayette CSD graduation rate climbs 18 percent in one year
LaFayette CSD graduation rate climbs 18 percent in one year, surpasses statewide average
According to data recently released by the New York State Education Department, 96 percent of LaFayette’s seniors graduated in 2017. That’s an 18 percent increase from 2016, and 16 percent above the statewide average of 80 percent.
“Our hardworking students, teachers and staff really deserve the credit for these results,” said Superintendent Jeremy Belfield. “There are a lot of opportunities for our students to obtain college credit before they graduate, and so their focus is not just on earning the credits to graduate from high school, but really what comes after.”
Each year, the district has added early college high school courses offered through a variety of partnerships.
At the Big Picture School, led by Principal Sue Osborn, aims to prepare students for college. All of the students graduate with a Regents diploma while completing college level courses, some even on the SUNY Morrisville campus. Before graduation, they must gain acceptance into a minimum of one college or university.
The Junior/Senior High School, led by Principal Jason Ryan, has numerous college credit opportunities. Whether via Advanced Placement (AP), Onondaga Community College or Syracuse University Project Advance, students can earn up to 40 college credits before graduation. The Junior/Senior High School and Big Picture School’s combined graduation rate was 99 percent in 2017.
Approximately 72 students were in last year’s graduating cohort. Complete 2017 graduation data can be found here: