CPSB Graduation Rates on the Rise

Holly Holland

Public Information Officer


May 15, 2019


GRAD Rates


With the release of the 2018 graduation outcomes today by the Louisiana Department of Education, the Calcasieu Parish School Board is proud of the growth exhibited by the high schools in our district.


Included in the information released by the state department are overall graduation rates, percentage of students earning credentials, and number of students eligible for TOPS.


As a district, the Calcasieu Parish School Board’s graduation rate grew over 4% from 84% to 88.2%, marking the highest graduation rate for the district in over a decade. This year’s mark for Calcasieu Parish is also nearly seven points higher than the state average.


“The hard work by our high school department and our schools to develop specific graduation pathways for each individual student in our parish is certainly showing dividends,” said Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus. “In today’s society those pathways can vary tremendously from student to student, and it has become so important that we vary our options to meet those needs. Whether a student chooses college or career options, Calcasieu will continue to explore opportunities to help them be successful.”


That success is apparent through today’s data release, with several of our 11 high schools showcasing significant improvements.  Washington Marion High School improved its cohort graduation rate to 83.5%, surpassing 2017’s mark of 61.6% by over 20 points. Barbe High School showed a 6.2% increase, while LaGrange High School’s rate improved by 5.5%.


Starks High School also achieved a remarkable cohort graduation rate of 100%.