Phoenix H.S says graduation rates are up since returning to in-person learning

PHOENIX, Ore. —NBC5 News told you Monday about the challenges schools are facing with returning to in-person instruction. Despite the difficult circumstances, students are making up ground lost earlier this year.

At the end of the 1st quarter of comprehensive distance learning, 67% of Phoenix High freshmen were on track for graduation. On-track is defined by a student’s ability to earn 6 credits by the end of the year.

The high school brought students back to the classroom in February, now it estimates the on-track rate for the end of the year, is 90%.

“Really us getting to connect with them in person slowed things down a bit, get to know them, provide that support they need to be successful academically,” said Principal Toby Walker.

Principal Walker says the other grades have also shown significant academic progress since returning to campus.

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Jenna King is the 6pm and 11pm anchor for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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