Georgia’s graduation rate climbed to 84.1 percent in 2022. It’s an all-time high for the state since Georgia started using an adjusted cohort calculation required by federal law. A number of Georgia charter schools were among the schools with the highest percentage of four-year graduates. These schools surpassed the state high-school graduation rate and the averages of the districts within their attendance zones.
See notable charter graduation rates below:
Academy for Classical Education – 100% (Bibb County – 81%)
Charles R. Drew Charter School – 98.4% (Atlanta Public Schools – 84%)
Statesboro STEAM Academy – 95% (Bulloch County – 85% )
Baconton Community Charter School – 96.3% (Attendance Zone Average = 85.2%)
Atlanta Classical Academy – 96.1% (Atlanta Public Schools – 84%)
Lake Oconee Academy – 93.3% (Greene County – 89%)
KIPP Atlanta Collegiate – 92.2% (Atlanta Public Schools – 84%)
Hapeville Charter Career Academy – 91.9% (Fulton County – 89.3%)
Pataula Charter Academy – 91.3% (Attendance Zone Average = 86.4%)
Berrien Academy Performance Learning Center – 89.7% (Berrien County – 83.5% )
According to the Georgia Department of 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.