Georgia’s graduation rates have been released. How did your school system do?

The News: Georgia’s graduation rate has hit an all time high at 82%. This is up slightly from last year’s graduation rate of 81.6%.

The Numbers: Georgia’s graduation rate has increased by 12 percentage points since 2012, with steady increases each year.

In 2019, 71 Georgia school districts recorded graduation rates at or above 90% and 24 districts recorded rates at or above 95%.

Here are the graduation rates per year since 2012:

2019 – 82.0 percent
2018 – 81.6 percent
2017 – 80.6 percent
2016 – 79.4 percent
2015 – 79.0 percent
2014 – 72.6 percent
2013 – 71.8 percent
2012 – 69.7 percent

How are the rates calculated?: According to the Georgia Department of Education, graduation rates are calculated as follows:


Georgia calculates a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate as required by federal law. This rate is the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who form the adjusted cohort for the graduating class. From the beginning of ninth grade, students who are entering that grade for the first time form a cohort that is subsequently “adjusted” by adding any students who transfer into the cohort during the next three years, and subtracting any students who transfer out.

The Quote: “I’m proud today of Georgia’s teachers and students, who are doing the on-the-ground work that leads to increases in our graduation rate and other indicators – including NAEP and Georgia Milestones scores,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Moving forward, we must continue to focus on offering a relevant education and preparing every child for their future – not a one-size-fits-all system that sends every student in the same direction, but a tailored and personalized pathway based on a student’s academic and career interests and future goals.”

Your School System: Here is how your local school system compared to the state average.

School SystemGraduation RateComparison
State Average82.0
Appling County90.2Above State Average
Atkinson County89.7Above State Average
Bacon County94.1Above State Average
Baker County87.0Above State Average
Baldwin County90.7Above State Average
Banks County85.3Above State Average
Barrow County87.6Above State Average
Bartow County89.2Above State Average
Ben Hill County88.5Above State Average
Berrien County86.6Above State Average
Bibb County79.4Below State Average
Bleckley County92.9Above State Average
Brantley County85.5Above State Average
Brooks County91.0Above State Average
Bryan County89.1Above State Average
Bulloch County79.9Below State Average
Burke County91.6Above State Average
Butts County83.5Above State Average
Calhoun County88.5Above State Average
Camden County95.5Above State Average
Candler County93.6Above State Average
Carroll County93.3Above State Average
Catoosa County87.4Above State Average
Charlton County90.8Above State Average
Savannah-Chatham County87.8Above State Average
Chattahoochee County76.7Above State Average
Chattooga County87.3Above State Average
Cherokee County86.9Above State Average
Clarke County81.4Below State Average
Clayton County72.7Below State Average
Clinch County88.8Above State Average
Cobb County87.0Above State Average
Coffee County84.2Above State Average
Colquitt County85.4Above State Average
Columbia County92.0Above State Average
Cook County88.4Above State Average
Coweta County86.9Above State Average
Crawford County67.7Below State Average
Crisp County87.7Above State Average
Dade County80.7Below State Average
Dawson County95.8Above State Average
Decatur County85.0Above State Average
DeKalb County73.4Below State Average
Dodge County90.5Above State Average
Dooly County83.3Above State Average
Dougherty County85.1Above State Average
Douglas County87.4Above State Average
Early County84.9Above State Average
Echols County100.0Above State Average
Effingham County90.5Above State Average
Elbert County89.5Above State Average
Emanuel County83.5Above State Average
Evans County82.8Above State Average
Fannin County93.9Above State Average
Fayette County90.2Above State Average
Floyd County93.3Above State Average
Forsyth County94.6Above State Average
Franklin County90.7Above State Average
Fulton County87.2Above State Average
Gilmer County92.4Above State Average
Glascock County91.7Above State Average
Glynn County92.8Above State Average
Gordon County92.3Above State Average
Grady County88.8Above State Average
Greene County83.9Above State Average
Gwinnett County80.9Below State Average
Habersham County91.6Above State Average
Hall County87.4Above State Average
Hancock County80.0Below State Average
Haralson County97.2Above State Average
Harris County93.3Above State Average
Hart County94.9Above State Average
Heard County83.3Above State Average
Henry County87.0Above State Average
Houston County87.9Above State Average
Irwin County95.2Above State Average
Jackson County95.8Above State Average
Jasper County84.2Above State Average
Jeff Davis County89.1Above State Average
Jefferson County86.7Above State Average
Jenkins County78.9Below State Average
Johnson County88.2Above State Average
Jones County82.4Above State Average
Lamar County83.3Above State Average
Lanier County84.2Above State Average
Laurens County86.7Above State Average
Lee County90.0Above State Average
Liberty County88.0Above State Average
Lincoln County84.8Above State Average
Long County87.1Above State Average
Lowndes County91.7Above State Average
Lumpkin County95.5Above State Average
Macon County84.8Above State Average
Madison County94.6Above State Average
Marion County85.0Above State Average
McDuffie County82.2Above State Average
McIntosh County76.3Below State Average
Meriwether County82.3Above State Average
Miller County82.9Above State Average
Mitchell County93.9Above State Average
Monroe County86.1Above State Average
Montgomery County80.5Below State Average
Morgan County91.2Above State Average
Murray County95.0Above State Average
Muscogee County86.1Above State Average
Newton County86.9Above State Average
Oconee County97.7Above State Average
Oglethorpe County94.8Above State Average
Paulding County88.8Above State Average
Peach County84.4Above State Average
Pickens County93.0Above State Average
Pierce County86.3Above State Average
Pike County93.9Above State Average
Polk County82.1Above State Average
Pulaski County87.6Above State Average
Putnam County92.3Above State Average
Quitman County82.8Above State Average
Rabun County91.5Above State Average
Randolph County84.1Above State Average
Richmond County75.1Below State Average
Rockdale County82.7Above State Average
Schley County90.4Above State Average
Screven County84.3Above State Average
Seminole County86.5Above State Average
Griffin-Spalding County88.6Above State Average
Stephens County91.4Above State Average
Stewart County96.9Above State Average
Sumter County86.0Above State Average
Talbot County82.9Above State Average
Taliaferro CountyToo Few StudentsN/A
Tattnall County88.7Above State Average
Taylor County76.9Below State Average
Telfair County85.7Above State Average
Terrell County85.6Above State Average
Thomas County89.3Above State Average
Tift County81.2Below State Average
Toombs County90.1Above State Average
Towns County97.6Above State Average
Treutlen County81.7Below State Average
Troup County86.6Above State Average
Turner County89.3Above State Average
Twiggs County89.8Above State Average
Union County99.5Above State Average
Thomaston-Upson County90.9Above State Average
Walker County88.3Above State Average
Walton County89.9Above State Average
Ware County86.0Above State Average
Warren County85.7Above State Average
Washington County89.7Above State Average
Wayne County93.8Above State Average
Webster County100.0Above State Average
Wheeler County89.5Above State Average
White County91.4Above State Average
Whitfield County86.8Above State Average
Wilcox County90.3Above State Average
Wilkes County87.7Above State Average
Wilkinson County95.3Above State Average
Worth County74.4Below State Average
Atlanta Public Schools78.0Below State Average
Bremen City98.5Above State Average
Buford City92.6Above State Average
Calhoun City98.1Above State Average
Carrollton City91.0Above State Average
Cartersville City90.4Above State Average
Chickamauga City98.1Above State Average
Commerce City95.8Above State Average
Dalton Public Schools81.6Below State Average
City Schools of Decatur95.2Above State Average
Dublin City88.8Above State Average
Gainesville City80.3Below State Average
Jefferson City95.9Above State Average
Marietta City75.7Below State Average
Pelham City82.4Above State Average
Rome City93.3Above State Average
Social Circle City92.3Above State Average
Thomasville City74.2Below State Average
Trion City97.2Above State Average
Valdosta City86.9Above State Average
Vidalia City96.3Above State Average

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