Graduation rates at Othello High School are on the Rise
Graduation rates at Othello High School are on the rise, according to the newest numbers from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The graduation rate at Othello High School reached 82.5% during the 2017-2018 school year. This is an increase of 11.7% in just four years. Othello High School Principal Alejandro Vergara attributes the growth to a concerted effort and laser-like focus on graduation rates by all staff.
When Principal Vergara was appointed as the instructional leader of OHS, he reviewed many data points for the school, including graduation rates. His comment and challenge to OHS staff: "...anything below a 90% graduation rate is unacceptable".
This focus on nothing less than the best is a district-wide endeavor in Othello; the effects of which can be seen in the high school’s recent AP exam scores and graduation rates. Both areas of growth demonstrate the focus by OHS staff and students on college and career readiness.
In 2016, Principal Vergara instituted an "Adopt a Senior" program, in which teachers were assigned a student who may have been at risk of graduating on time. The task was to forge a relationship with the student and to encourage, motivate, and to adopt a "whatever it takes" attitude to help create the conditions for success so that the student would graduate on time.
More Othello High School students are graduating on time, and the school’s current graduation rate is more than 3% above the statewide average for Washington. Both school and district administration are incredibly proud of the hard work and determination of the staff, students, and families at OHS. To learn more about school or state graduation rates and data, visit the OSPI State Report Card website at http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us.