Tennessee's high school graduation rate remains the highest on state record at 89.1 percent with more than 56 percent of districts seeing improvements, according to data released Monday by the Tennessee Department of Education.

On a local level, the graduation rate at Nashville public schools is comparable to the previous year at 80.2, while the rate increased by more than 4 percent at two public high schools in the Green Hills and Belle Meade areas.

“Our schools and districts should be proud that once again we have hit our state’s highest graduation rate on record while still holding our students to high expectations,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said in a release. “By continuing to raise the expectations, we are signaling that Tennessee students are leaving high school with the knowledge and skills to be successful in college and the workforce. This graduation rate is a testament to the work being done by teachers and students in schools across the state.”

As of 2018, students are now required to take the ACT or SAT prior to graduating. This year’s results are the first to reflect this change.

Green Hills and Belle Meade public schools

Hillsboro High School

Last year, 89.2 percent of Hillsboro High School students graduated, which is up from 84.9 percent the previous year. In numbers, that is 239 out of 268 students.

The breakdown:

2017-18: 89.2

2016-17: 84.9 

2015-16: 89.5

Hillwood High School

The graudation rate at Hillwood High School is 85.1, a 4.3 percent increase from the year before when 217 of 255 students graduated.

The breakdown:

2017-18: 85.1

2016-17: 80.8

2015-16: 87.8

By the numbers

  • 106 districts—nearly 81 percent of the districts in the state—have graduation rates at or above 90 percent, up from 98 districts last year.

  • 44 districts—over one-third of the districts in the state with high schools—have graduation rates at or above 95 percent, up from last year.

  • 22 schools across 15 districts had graduation rates of 100 percent.

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.


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