The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released school report cards recently and officials at Riverside Jr/Sr High School are encouraged about the results.
The report card shows data regarding the on-time graduation rate and five-year completion rate. In each of the two areas, Riverside was 20 percent higher than the state average.
Over the last five years Riverside has seen a 19-percent increase each year in students’ on-time graduation rate. The report card that ODE released for the 2019-2020 school year indicates an on-time graduation rate of over 95 percent for Riverside. The year prior had a 93 percent on time graduation rate.
“Seeing this trend continue to go up is extremely encouraging,” Principal David Norton said. “Our goal is to prepare students for life after high school, and helping them achieve their high school diploma is the first step.”
Over the last three years Riverside has had 15 students graduate with their AAOT (Associate of Art Oregon Transfer) degrees from Blue Mountain Community College the same year they graduated from high school. Overall the three classes have earned 3,432 college credits.
Riverside’s school motto is “Compete For What You Dream For.” Norton said students are coming to school every day with a goal in mind and working hard to push themselves to do their best at all times. It is extremely exciting to see these students achieve the high expectations they have set for themselves in high school and continue that focus after graduation, Norton said.
“Our staff, families and community work extremely hard to meet the needs of the students, and we are all excited to see the continued growth and success of our school and students,” said Norton. “We will continue to work with the students, staff, families and community in Comprehensive Distance Learning to achieve the high expectations we have set.”