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CHS Named 'School of Distinction'

Centralia High School has earned a School of Distinction award for sustained improvement in graduation rate over the past five years. The announcement was made by Educational Service District (ESD 113) on November 6th. High schools are qualified for a School of Distinction award for graduation rate improvements based on their 5-year adjusted cohort graduation rate. 

“This award recognizes the positive efforts our staff has been undertaking for five years now,” said CHS Principal Josue Lowe. “Five years ago, our graduation rate was 67.5 percent. For the class of 2017 we’ll report a four-year on time graduation rate of 87 percent. It represents an amazing amount of hard work by our students and an equally amazing amount of care put forward by our incredible Centralia High School staff.”  Lowe added that the school continues to focus on ways to increase academic course offerings and rigor as ways to help keep students’ eyes focused on graduation and beyond. 

“We are incredibly proud of the hard work at Centralia High School, both from staff and students,” said Superintendent Mark Davalos. “Our high school has an outstanding five-year trend showing dramatic improvement not just in the five-year cohort graduation rate, but in the important 4 year on-time rate as well. It’s very impressive and this is a well-deserved award for our Tigers.”

In the 2014-15 school year, Futurus High School was formed from what was the Centralia Alternative Programs & Services program at CHS. This resulted in an immediate rise in graduation rates at CHS. The rate has continued to grow district-wide since then. "We recognize that there is still a lot of work to do on graduation rates in our district," said Davalos. "This award for CHS is affirmation that we're moving in the right direction."

The award is made by a partnership of organizations including the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE), Association of Educational Service Districts, Association of Washington School Principals, Washington Association of School Administrators, Washington State Association for Curriculum Development, and the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA).