Eagle Update: District 88 ranks high in graduation rate
New Ulm Public Schools takes pride in the work we do to prepare students for life after high school. The 2019 graduation rates were released this past week. New Ulm’s four-year rate was 96.27 percent; number one in the Big South Conference (thirteen schools) and in schools our size. The state graduation rate was 83.69 percent. Another important statistic that supports what we are doing academically for students – our 2019 ACT composite score of 22.9 – again, highest in our conference and our section. New Ulm was ranked #40 out of 435 high schools in Minnesota based on the 2019 ACT scores.
We offer numerous high school courses for our students that prepare them for a four-year college, two-year college, certifications or the workforce. Students at New Ulm High School have the potential to earn over 40 college credits towards a four-year degree. We have agreements with technical schools allowing students to earn college credit while in high school. Our CTE programs continue to expand and offer opportunities for students to get additional hands-on skills in many skilled trades careers. The focus is on offering students courses where they have a passion and desire to learn more.
February 24-28 was Public Schools Recognition Week. We would like to thank all of our dedicated staff for the great work they do for our students and families. Public Schools have the responsibility to work with all students — regardless of background or ability. We take this responsibility seriously and continue to look for ways to increase what we offer in each of our buildings. This responsibility requires the larger community to be partners in this mission. Our communities do a great job of supporting our schools and our students.
We are at that point of the school year when we spend time preparing for the next school year. We are reviewing budget information, conducting walk-throughs of our buildings to plan for summer projects, evaluating program effectiveness in each building, and analyzing student enrollment for class and section sizes. All of this work is compiled into recommendations for the next school year. Quarterly, the school board is provided updates on programs and district goal progress. Keeping our eye on the district mission and strategic plan is important to keep everyone focused for our students.