CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - R.B. Stall High School is working on their approach to keep students in school. This year, the school’s graduation rate was the highest it has been in a long time.
The graduation rates have been around 63-64% for the last couple of years but has made a jump to 75.1%.
Principal Jeremy Carrick said they have been focusing on academic intervention, flexibility, developing relationships with students, and creating systems of support.
The school has been named a “Capturing Kids' Hearts” Showcase school four years in a row. That means the school has been highlighted for making connections with students and are given tools to transform classrooms.
“Working on that school culture component and then also our PBIS [Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports] initiatives at Stall High School, we create what we call a tribe or an advisory to develop those relationships between students and teachers,” Carrick said. “I think those three things really all worked together to see students increase that graduation rate this past year.”
The high school also makes use of the Charleston County School District’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports which helps schools insure a climate conducive to learning.
In a school that serves a high-risk population, Carrick says it is important to take all those factors into consideration to establish a path to success for students.
“We need to be focused on the whole child, much more than academics. We know that’s a barrier students may face towards graduation, but in many cases when you come from a challenging socio-economic class, there’s going to be other hurdles our students have to face,” Carrick said. “I think our staff is well aware of that. We have known we need to provide extra support whether that’s mental health support, academic support, or financial support.”
He says although they have all these systems in place, it does come down to the adults they have in the building because they are the ones connecting with students and making those relationships.