Last year, the students at Mountain View High School graduated at rates far better than all of the previous years, nabbing the second highest graduation rate in the district -- for now.
Currently, the graduation rate is at about 95.5 percent, but it may slightly go up with a couple of students still trying to graduate.
“Officially it hasn’t been released yet . . . Officially we have until October 1st to finish graduation,” reported the Mountain View principal, Principal Smith. Once everything has been accounted for, the official report will release sometime in late November or early December.
“This coming year we’ll be one of the top 2 or 3 in the Alpine School District,” Smith said. American Fork High School has the best rate of graduation in the district at about 96.5 percent, but it is totally possible that Mountain View can do better this year and out-graduate the other top schools of the district.
One of the factors that helped Mountain View students graduate this past year was the new attendance policy. Although disliked by many students, it helped students to stay in school and graduate.
Another reason for the high graduation rate is students getting involved in extracurricular and co-curricular activities. These activities motivate students by requiring higher standards to be able to participate in the activities, while also giving a sense of community that can inspire participants to achieve higher.
“If all you are doing is getting a high school diploma and you end your education there, it’s still really important,” said Smith. He then went on to say, “Education helps us become more compassionate and helps us understand the world around us better.”
Mountain View High School may have graduated at astoundingly good rates last year, but if students attend all of their classes, get engaged in activities and help each other, then that rate can be even better this coming year.