Hazelton Secondary School grad rates jump 20%

Hazelton Secondary School grad rates jump 20%

School district says initiatives help more Hazelton students get their diplomas on time.

Hazelton Secondary School’s graduation rate continues to climb year over year.

The six year completion rate for the 2016/2017 school year was 79.3 per cent. The previous year only saw 58.7 per cent of students graduate. Across the province the average was 84 per cent for last school year.

Director of instruction for Coast Mountains School District 82 Janet Meyer said Hazelton Secondary School has a number of initiatives ongoing or planned to help the graduation rates continue to rise.

In an email to The Interior News, Meyer said they’ve hired a literacy consultant to support teachers in assessing reading levels and targeting strategies to support literacy development in Grades 8 and 9. The school has also started a program called Bacon and Books.

“[We are] working on a reading initiative where students are scooped up off the bus and given opportunity to read literature that is at appropriate level — the level is identified through work with literacy consultant — after reading the students are fed breakfast,” said Meyer.

The school district is also working on evening meetings with parents, implementing college programs, support groups, and offering teachers a trauma informed teaching practice workshop.