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Richland One Sets New Record-High Graduation Rate, Tops State Average for Third Consecutive Year

Richland One crushed its own record-high graduation rate and surpassed the state average again this year, with 85.8 percent of its students graduating on time.

The South Carolina Department of Education released the latest graduation rate data today as part of the 2021 school, district and state report cards. The on-time graduation rate is the percentage of students who earn a high school diploma in four years.

Richland One’s 2021 graduation rate is just under three full percentage points higher than last year’s graduation rate of 82.9 percent, which had been the district’s highest-ever graduation rate until this year.

Not only is this is the third consecutive year that Richland One’s graduation rate has increased, it is also the third consecutive year that the district’s graduation rate has exceeded the state average. The state average this year is 83.3 percent.

ON-TIME

GRADUATION RATE 

2018

2019

2020

2021

Richland One 

78.1%

82.2%

82.9%

85.8%

State 

81.0%

81.1%

82.2%

83.3%

“This is a team effort. We continue to be proud of the work of our students, teachers, counselors, administrators and support staff,” said Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon. “This accomplishment ensures a brighter future for more of our students and our community.”