Graduation Rate Exceeds County, State NumbersThe graduation rate for the Port Byron Central School District remains well above the average for the county and state for 2020.
With a 90 percent graduation rate, Port Byron is seven points higher than all of Cayuga County (83 percent) and five points higher than New York state (85 percent). The graduation rate for Dana L. West Jr.-Sr. High School is at least 90 percent for the second straight year and the third time in the last four years.
The Port Byron administration is ultimately striving for 100 percent.
"Our promise to the community is to always find ways to grow and increase opportunities for our students," High School Principal Mike Jorgensen said. "At the same time, it is also nice to take a minute and celebrate our successes. Helping our students reach the 'finish line' of their high school careers is something all stakeholders can celebrate."
The percentage of Port Byron students receiving advanced regents diplomas also increased from 33 to 39 percent. To receive the advanced regents designation, students must fulfill a world language requirement and pass eight different regents exams.
Increasing this number is another one of the administration's main objectives.
"This advanced regents designation is a more rigorous pathway than the standard Regents diploma," Jorgensen said. "Students earning the designation expand the educational opportunities for themselves after high school."
Jorgensen acknowledged the graduation rate trending in a positive direction is a team effort.
"The success of the class of 2020 is a product of many people working together and everyone involved deserves a pat on the back for their hard work and support of our students," Jorgensen said. "Kudos to our students, staff members, parents, community members and the Board of Education for continuing to support the students in our community."