BAR HARBOR — The graduation rate at Mount Desert Island High School last year was slightly below the statewide average, according to figures released Monday by the Maine Department of Education (DOE).
MDI High had a four-year graduation rate of 81.36 percent. The average among public high schools in Maine was 84.76 percent.
With the inclusion of the state’s 12 private schools that receive public funding, such as George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, the four-year graduation rate rose to 85.34 percent.
The graduation rates only reflect the percentage of students who earn a diploma within four years of starting the ninth grade.
MDI High principal Matthew Janger said recently that about 93 percent of the school’s students eventually receive a diploma.
According to the DOE, the statewide high school graduation rate has increased by 5 percent since 2009, while the MDI High rate declined by 1.77 percent during that four-year period.
Superintendent Howard Colter has said he thinks the goal of eliminating dropouts and having every student eventually earn a diploma is “absolutely attainable.”
There are 133 high schools in Maine. Last year, Wells High School had the highest four-year graduation rate, 99.1 percent. The lowest rate was Wiscasset High School’s 61.54 percent.