A recent analysis of school districts throughout the country found that Sherman and Denison ranked among the highest for graduation rates, 24/7 Wall St. reported. The analysis found that the Sherman-Denison area topped the list with a 94.8 percent graduation rate for the 2012-2013 school year.

A recent analysis of school districts throughout the country found that Sherman and Denison ranked among the highest for graduation rates, 24/7 Wall St. reported. The analysis found that the Sherman-Denison area topped the list with a 94.8 percent graduation rate for the 2012-2013 school year.


"Of course we are proud of this news and it doesn’t surprise us at all," Denison Independent School District Superintendent Henry Scott said Monday. "It all starts with a community and school program that values education."


24/7 Wall St. looked at data compiled by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, which collects data and statistics on health for counties and communities across the country. The data followed the graduation rate of students who started high school in the 2009-2010 school year and graduated in the 2012-2013 school year.


24/7 Wall St.’s reporting focuses on Metropolitan Statistical Areas, which group up communities with high population into one geographic area, and the statistics for Sherman-Denison appear to be based on graduation rates for all of Grayson County during the sample period.


However, other nearby areas that were not included in the list also fared favorably in the graduation rates. Both Collin and Cooke counties surpassed Sherman-Denison with rates of 97 percent and 96 percent, respectively. Collin County is considered part of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA.


Speaking for Denison ISD, Scott said the district has taken strides in recent years to help retain students through to graduation citing graduation rates 90 percent or above. This has been done through the efforts of educators and high school counselors, he said.


"The support that these students receive, I think is exceptional," Denison High School Head Counselor Carrie Boettger said Monday. "Often times the educators are the most stable people in some kids lives. School is a safe place."


Scott went on to say that efforts to keep the students engaged during their time at high school has also lead to their success throughout their school career. He noted that about 80 percent of students at the high school are involved with extracurricular activities, and others are involved with technical programs aimed at career prep.