Go Red Devils! The Associated Press has an article entitled 10 Indiana schools called â€˜dropout factoriesâ€™. Among them is my alma mater, Richmond High School. (We’re the only one outside of Indy and The Region to make the list — quite an honor).
It’s been 18 years since I graduated from there, so maybe it has gotten a lot worse. But, when I was there, I felt like I had the opportunity to get one of the best educations anywhere. It helped –a lot– that my parents had taught me to value my education, that school work came pretty easily to me, and that my friends and their families viewed education in much the same way. When I went to college, I met a lot of students who had come from some pretty nice private schools, and I never felt like my education was inferior to theirs. I can’t speak for the other schools on the list, and I suppose I can only speak for Richmond High School as it was many years ago, but at the time, good educational resources were available to the students.
On the other hand, it was a big school – I graduated in a class of about 400, and I think there were about 2,200 students spread over four years. I don’t doubt that it’s pretty easy for a student to get lost in the shuffle there. If you and your family aren’t that interested in education, I can certainly see where you could be allowed to disappear from RHS. I know several other commenters to this blog are graduates of Richmond High School, so maybe they’ll have a different perspective.
Anyway, the list:
â€“Arsenal Technical High School, Indianapolis: 22 percent promoted*, 44 percent graduation rate**.
â€“Manual High School, Indianapolis: 24 percent promoted, 48 percent graduation rate.
â€“Arlington High School, Indianapolis: 26 percent promoted, 52 percent graduation rate.
â€“Northwest High School, Indianapolis: 29 percent promoted, 54 percent graduation rate.
â€“Broad Ripple High School, Indianapolis: 34 percent promoted, 72 percent graduation rate.
â€“Richmond High School, Richmond: 53 percent promoted, 54 percent graduation rate.
â€“Roosevelt High School, Gary: 58 percent promoted, 42 percent graduation rate.
â€“Perry Meridian High School, Indianapolis: 59 percent promoted, 74 percent graduation rate.
â€“Wallace High School, Gary: 60 percent promoted, 47 percent graduation rate.
â€“East Chicago Central High School, East Chicago: 60 percent promoted, 62 percent graduation rate.
*Promotion rate: The percentage promoted shows how many students who start as freshmen make it to their senior year. It covers regular and vocational high schools with three years of valid data and 100 or more students.
**Graduation rate: The graduation rate from the Indiana Department of Education includes factors such as transfers or retained students. Department officials say those numbers are a more accurate reflection of how many students stay in school.