Morrow County District’s Grad Rate 15% Higher Than State Average


The Oregon Department of Education released graduation rates for the 2020-21 graduating class today and it shows the Morrow County School District (MCSD) continuing on its upward trend.

Over the past 11 years the district has seen a 20 percent increase in graduation rates going from 76 percent in 2011-12 to 96.32 percent for 2020-21. The most recent rate is more than 15 percentage points higher than the 20-21 Oregon state rate, which is 80.63 percent.

Superintendent Dirk Dirksen attributes the continued improvement in graduation rates to a shift in culture and a commitment by the adults in Morrow County to support students in innovative ways. This can be seen with commitment from families, wraparound program support, STEAM programs, internships, and early college programs.

For the graduating class of 2021 in particular it is important to highlight that MCSD was able to maintain either limited in-person or in-person learning in their high schools for the majority of the school year last year. In-person learning provided students continued opportunities to connect with teachers and move forward with their graduation requirements.

Graduation rates broken down by individual MCSD high schools:

  • Irrigon Jr./Sr. High: 4-Year Rate: 98.21%; 4-Year Completer Rate: 100%
  • Heppner Jr./Sr. High: 4-Year Rate: 100%; 4-Year Completer Rate: 100%
  • Morrow Education Center: 4-Year Rate: 87.50%; 4-Year Completer Rate: 93.75%
  • Riverside Jr./Sr. High: 4-Year Rate: 100%; 4-Year Completer Rate: 100%
  • District: 4-Year Rate: 96.32%; 4-Year Completer Rate: 97.55%

Dirksen said that graduation is always the goal for each student in Morrow County School District.

“I know that the staff in all the buildings have put in a lot of effort over the last three years in particular, working with students and families on an individual level to help them succeed while dealing with the challenges we are facing with COVID,” Dirksen said.