2017-18 school year appears to have been successful one, superintendent says

Starship Academy, seen here, will undergo changes next year, including a name change and changes to its curricula.

While the complete results of the success of the 2017-18 school year won’t be known in its entirety until the results of standardized testing is released next year, numbers indicate it was a successful school year.

“Overall I think we had an extremely positive school year,’ said Superintendent Arthur Joffrion, Ed.D., who is just now finishing his second full school year in the post. “We’re still waiting on test results, though.”

The superintendent said the School Board and its central office staff have received “the graduation rates from the 2016-17 school year and all three of our high schools improved their graduation rate.”

At Plaquemine High, Joffrion said, the graduation rate is now at 86.5 percent, which is up eight percent from last year. White Castle High’s graduation rate is even higher at 93.2 percent, which is a 11.1 percent higher than the previous year and East Iberville High’s graduation rate for the past school year was 79.2 percent, up 11.6 from the year before.

“I think the improvement in the graduation rate is a credit to the faculty and staff at the schools, our graduation coaches, our counselors and administrators,” Joffrion said.

“Our goal is to constantly improve graduation rates but not only to improve the graduation rates but to improve the quality of the graduate,” he continued.

“We want our students to leave with something beside an diploma, with something else in their hand, like an industry based certification, we’re talking about a CLEP (College Level Enrollment Program) assessment pass which means dual enrollment classes or advanced placement courses so our goal is that our students leave us not only as a graduate but a quality graduate,” Joffrion said.

“We want them to be ready either to go into the workforce a technical college or a college or university,” he said.

“The redesign efforts at Iberville Elementary School, the Montessori program, East Iberville Elementary/High School and White Castle High School appear to have been a success based on the cultural changes, the level of expectations and obviously we’re waiting on the standardized test scores to find out how much those improve for those schools,” Joffrion said.

Friday is the last day of school for all students while seniors had their last school day on May 11.

Teachers will return for Aug. 7 for the 2018-19 school year and students will return on Aug. 11.