Ithaca, N.Y. — The state had some welcome news for Tompkins County parents last week: The area’s high schools mostly saw overall improvements to their graduation rates.

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The Ithaca City School District had an 85.9 percent graduation rate in 2013-14, up from 79.7 percent in 2010-2011. The numbers have been moving in the right direction for four consecutive years for ICSD.

Ithaca schools now see overall graduation rates nearly 10 percentage points higher than the state average. (The state overall also saw improvements this year, according to

“The continuous improvement efforts of students, staff, and the ICSD community have resulted in unprecedented levels of academic achievement across multiple measures,” ICSD Superintendent Luvelle Brown said in a statement. “I am proud of our accomplishments and commend our community of thinkers for their work.”

In particular, Ithaca High School saw yet another increase from its 90.7 percent graduation rate notched the year before. In 2013-2014, 91.6 percent of IHS students graduated within four years, according to ICSD.

Improvements across Tompkins

The numbers were also encouraging for some other local school districts.

The Trumansburg Central School District, for instance, had a 100 percent 4-year graduation rate, according to That’s up from 95.6 percent and 91.9 percent going back a third year.

Gains were also seen at Lansing, Dryden, Newfield and Groton schools, according to the data compiled by The Syracuse Post-Standard. Groton, in particular, saw its graduation rate jump by about 10 percentage points — from 71 percent to 81 percent.

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2 declines

There were two declines in graduation rates highlighted in the data.

One was the Lehman Alternative Community School, which saw its graduation rate dip from 87 percent to closer to 81 percent, according to ICSD.

New Roots’ graduation rate also took a nose dive, a fact we have written about before here and here.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.