Grayson County schools are among the top in the country when it comes to graduation rates again, a study by the Texas Association of School Boards said. According to a report by the the Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Statistcal Area, which covers Grayson County, was ranked in the top five MSA's in the country for graduation rates.

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The report relied on information provided by the Texas Education Agency which showed the Denison Independent School District had a 4-year graduation rate of 94.8 percent and Sherman Independent School District had a 97 percent rate in 2017, the most recent year with information.

The Texas state graduation rate was 89.7 compared to a rate of 84.6 nationwide.

Denison Curriculum Director Shonda Cannon said the graduation rate was an indicator of the hard work the Denison High School students, staff and adminstrators accomplish.

“For Denison ISD it starts with our mission,” Cannon said. “We set the expectation that our students will graduate, and they rise to meet that expectation.”

Sherman ISD Director of Communications Kimberly Simpson said it was wonderful news to learn Sherman ISD was among the best in the country in terms of graduation, and the district has implemented a number of programs in recent years to assist students in finding their path following their high school education.

The Texas state graduation rate was 89.7 compared to a rate of 84.6 nationwide.

“At Sherman we're always intentional about preparing our students for their post high school graduation success,” Simpson said. “To be ranked among the nation's top five metropolitan graduation rates speaks to the work we are doing at Sherman ISD. We strongly believe that early college preparation is key to ensuring students find the right fit for their post secondary readiness. Whether they want to go into a career or university we are strategic in finding what works for our students.”

Simpson highlighted the Bearcat collegiate program that begins this fall as an example of a one of the many tools the district providers to its students on their journey to graduation. The program will allow students to graduate high school with an associates degree.

The district has consistently been in the top 98th percentile in the country, and Simpson attributed much of the success to high school administrative staff, especially the guidance counselors whom she said have built strong relationships of trust with the students.

What do you think of area schools having a high graduation rate? Let reporter Richard A. Todd know at Rtodd@HeraldDemocrat.com.