The number of students dropping out from Guthrie Public Schools is trending down. School officials believe giving students more options has helped bring the numbers to a downward spiral.
Asst. Superintendent Doug Ogle gave a presentation to the Board of Education at their November meeting held inside the Guthrie High School cafeteria.
Ogle reported 18 students ranging from the seventh grade to 12th grade dropped out last school year, including 17 of those students coming from the high school.
Ogle showed 43 students had dropped out in 2017 and in 2018. A year ago, the number was 30 total students.
“We are giving our students options,” Ogle told board members, “We started the Bluejay Academy. There is something for every student out there. If you want to be in tradition brick and mortar (school) or if you want to do it online.”
Ogle was quick to thank Guthrie High School Principal Chris LeGrande and his staff for finding students early in the process and assisting them with the best model for each student.
Other data shows 166 Guthrie students (seventh grade to 12th grade) left the school district to go to other diploma issuing schools.
Remediation Rate for Class of 2019
Ogle shared 13 percent of the Guthrie graduating class of 2019 needed to take remedial English courses in college. The state average of students was 14.40 percent.
For math, 25 percent of Guthrie students needed remedial math courses compared to 26.40 percent of the students in the state.
For reading, 5.20 percent Guthrie students needed remedial course and that compares to 6.60 percent of students in the state.