Georgia’s high school graduation rate increased again in 2018, rising to 81.6 percent from 80.6 percent in 2017.

This is an all-time high for Georgia’s graduation rate since the state began using the adjusted cohort calculation now required by federal law. Seventy-four Georgia school districts recorded 2018 graduation rates at or above 90 percent.

“Georgia’s graduation rate continues to rise because our public-school students have access to more opportunities than ever before,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “From Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education to dual enrollment to the fine arts, there is an unprecedented emphasis on supporting the whole child and making sure every single student understands the relevance of what they’re learning. I’m confident we’ll continue to see these gains as long as we’re still expanding opportunities that keep students invested in their education.”

Georgia calculates a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate as required by federal law. This rate is the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who form the adjusted cohort for the graduating class. From the beginning of ninth grade, students who are entering that grade for the first time form a cohort that is subsequently “adjusted” by adding any students who transfer into the cohort during the next three years, and subtracting any students who transfer out.

While all states use the same calculation, each state sets its own requirements for students to earn a regular high school diploma. Georgia has some of the highest requirements in the nation for students to graduate with a regular diploma.

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2018 – 81.6 percent

2017 – 80.6 percent

2016 – 79.4 percent

2015 – 79.0 percent

2014 – 72.6 percent

2013 – 71.8 percent

2012 – 69.7 percent​

Floyd County Schools’ (FCS) four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2018 of 93.6% ranks FCS as one of the top 40 school systems in the state, according to data released today by the Georgia Department of Education. This rate also exceeds the State four-year rate of 81.6%.

In addition to the system graduation rate topping 93%, all four high schools in the system were also above 90% in the state report. Pepperell High had the highest graduation rate in the system at 97.9%, Armuchee High wasn’t far behind with 93.3%, Model High had a rate of 93%, and Coosa High completed the trend of all county high school graduation rates above 90% at 90.3%.

Rome High School received 90.48 percent rate in 2017-2018. In comparison, Rome High received 88.54 percent graduation rate in the 2016-2017 school year.


Adairsville High: Students 262 / 239  graduates / 91.2%
Cass High: Students 370 / 328 graduates / 88.7%
Woodland High: Students 372 / 308 graduates / 82.8%
District: 1,005 students / 875 graduates / 87.1%

Cartersville High School /310 studnets/283 graduates/ 91.3%

Gordon County

Sonoraville High: Students 302 / 279 graduates / 92.4%

Gordon Central: 216 students/ 212 graduates / 98.2%
District:  Students 518 / 491 graduates / 94.8%

Calhoun High: Students 252 / 246 graduates / 97.6%

Polk School District

Rockmart High : students 238/ 194 graduates /81.5%

Cedartown High: Students 295 / 235 graduates / 79.7%
District:  Students 533 / 429 graduates / 80.5%


Chattooga High: Students 226 / 212 graduates / 93.8%

Trion High: students 102/98 graduates/96.1%