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Middleton School District’s four-year graduation rate reaches new heights at MHS and Middleton Academy

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The Middleton School Board of Trustees had reason to celebrate at a recent board meeting. The district’s four-year graduation rate, just released at the state level, continues to show improvement in three different categories: the combined District rate, Middleton High School and Middleton Academy. 

 

The improved scores demonstrate the ultimate success of a K-12 school’s education program. Students complete their secondary program and can then move on to college or trade school programs, join the military or complete other training. 

 

A couple of reasons cited for the improved rate, especially at Middleton Academy, include: The Academy’s mission and vision statements that center on graduation and a combined partnership and mantra that emphasizes “We are all Vikings!” at both high schools.

 

“A big part of Middleton Academy’s success is our relationship with Middleton High School,” Academy Principal Glen Croft said. “MHS Principal Brian Rothe has been instrumental in being more inclusive. Middleton Academy students feel less isolated from MHS with combined graduation ceremonies. Middleton Academy students are also included in MHS’ assemblies, clubs, sports, and school activities. In a town with one 5A high school our Academy students are still Vikings. This allows our students to stay connected to the schools and community.” 

 

The District uses interim assessments that allow staff to better, and quickly, identify the needs of our struggling students and provide them necessary support to help with that learning. The Board of Trustees has also maintained systematic curricular or curriculum adoptions, ensuring that our teachers have necessary updated resources in a timely manner, according to Paige Goodson, Director of Curriculum and Assessment.

 

Goodson also told trustees Monday night that the accolades belong to everyone in the Middleton School District because of the work that occurs at every grade level. 

 

“I commend our teachers, staff, and administrators for their diligent work to help our students achieve this important step towards their future endeavors,” Superintendent Marc Gee said. “Graduation really is a combined effort between all staff from Preschool through the students' senior year.”

 

The Academy’s three-year average graduation rate also means that it no longer remains on the school improvement plan.  It’s rare that an alternative public school in Idaho attains that status, Goodson said. Improvement plans are assigned by the state when a school does not meet certain criteria, like the graduation rate. 

 

The Middleton School Board of Trustees had reason to celebrate at a recent board meeting. The district’s four-year graduation rate, just released at the state level, continues to show improvement in three different categories: the combined District rate, Middleton High School and Middleton Academy. 

 

The improved scores demonstrate the ultimate success of a K-12 school’s education program. Students complete their secondary program and can then move on to college or trade school programs, join the military or complete other training. 

 

A couple of reasons cited for the improved rate, especially at Middleton Academy include: The Academy’s mission and vision statements that center on graduation and a combined partnership and mantra that emphasizes “We are all Vikings!” at both high schools.

 

“A big part of Middleton Academy’s success is our relationship with Middleton High School,” Academy Principal Glen Croft said. “MHS Principal Brian Rothe has been instrumental in being more inclusive. Middleton Academy students feel less isolated from MHS with combined graduation ceremonies. Middleton Academy students are also included in MHS’ assemblies, clubs, sports, and school activities. In a town with one 5A high school our Academy students are still Vikings. This allows our students to stay connected to the schools and community.” 

 

The District uses interim assessments that allow staff to better, and quickly, identify the needs of our struggling students and provide them necessary support to help with that learning. The Board of Trustees has also maintained systematic curricular or curriculum adoptions, ensuring that our teachers have necessary updated resources in a timely manner, according to Paige Goodson, Director of Curriculum and Assessment.

 

Goodson also told trustees Monday night that the accolades belong to everyone in the Middleton School District because of the work that occurs at every grade level. 

 

“I commend our teachers, staff, and administrators for their diligent work to help our students achieve this important step towards their future endeavors,” Superintendent Marc Gee said. “Graduation really is a combined effort between all staff from Preschool through the students' senior year.”

 

The Academy’s three-year average graduation rate also means that it no longer remains on the school improvement plan.  It’s rare that an alternative public school in Idaho attains that status, Goodson said. Improvement plans are assigned by the state when a school does not meet certain criteria, like the graduation rate.

“You never want to be on an improvement plan,” Croft said. “It’s something to celebrate because it is rare that an alternative high school, that accepts mainly credit deficient students, is not on a state-assigned improvement plan.”

“That percentage represents hundreds of individual students, each with their own story and plans for the future, which is even more gratifying,” Gee said. “I'm so proud of those students and the role we as a district were able to play in helping them through this first step into their future.”

 

Click here to view the full Data Review Graduation Rates report


More about Middleton Academy: 

There are 175 students enrolled in Middleton Academy, the school district’s alternative secondary program for students in 7th thru 12th grades.

Students who are determined to be at-risk imply that they are “at-risk” of not graduating from high school. The main purpose of alternative high schools (like Middleton Academy) is to help students who are not on track to get caught up to graduate on time with their class.

 

“At Middleton Academy we have set our vision/mission statements and daily focus on helping all our students reach graduation,” Academy Principal Glen Croft said.  

 

Without throwing out a lot of specific stats, a student's future and ability to be a successful contributing member of society narrows when they fail to reach high school graduation. A high percentage of students who dropout of school end up in some form of incarceration in the criminal justice system. 

 

Students who fail to graduate often make lower wages and have less opportunities to advance in their careers and/or learn a skilled trade. While graduation doesn’t guarantee a student will be successful, it provides opportunities to receive federal grants to attend college, trade school, or serve in the military. 

 

When a student struggles, Middleton Academy does the following: 

  • Teachers and educational assistants serve as mentors

  • Assign intervention and tutoring to help our struggling students

  • Teachers, assigned as advocates for specific students, check on grades

  • Students earn incentives for passing all their classes