Medford, Oregon – The Medford School District achieved a district record with 87% of students graduating on time in 2022.
The MSD graduation rate also increased 5 percentage points to 87% from 82% the previous year. His superintendent, Dr. Brett Champion, said it took a lot of hard work from teachers, staff, families and most importantly students.
“No magic sauce, no magic bullets, no potions,” said the champion. “It was all about individual adults applying themselves, seeing the needs of individual students and meeting those needs in different ways. That’s honestly where it all landed.”
More than two-thirds of MSD students live below the poverty line, according to Champion. From ongoing financial hardships to the lingering effects of his COVID-19 pandemic, the students have overcome whatever the world throws at them.
“Anyone who says graduating in Oregon is easy, look at the struggles students face every day and the challenge they have to complete the most required courses in the nation. Amazing: “So it’s a true tribute to our family and our students.”
Champion also believes the district’s diverse educational pathways contribute to its high graduation rate. Medford Online Academy is her one of those options. Offer students a more personalized approach to education with available online courses, her one-on-one meetings with teachers, flexible schedules, and more.
“For example, we have students who work full-time to support them. We can customize their education to meet their needs, but it’s not necessarily a traditional classroom setting,” said principal Wendy Ross. It’s important for school districts to provide students with these great options that didn’t exist in the past. “
Moving forward, Champion says he won’t be completely satisfied until he reaches a 100% graduation rate, but he says he’s nonetheless very proud of the hard work and determination of his students.
“For next year, we know we are continuing the work that has already been done and we are thinking about how we can make it even better.”
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