STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- In 2011, R.E. Lee High School's graduation rate was at 81 percent, since then the rate has gone up.
That year, the remaining 19 percent does includes people who didn't graduate on time, or earned s GED certificate.
Leaders with Staunton City Schools believe the rate has gone up by working closely with students to achieve students personal goals they have set for the year.
Superintendent of Staunton City Schools, Dr. Linda Reviea said it all comes down to the way graduation rates are documented.
"If a student withdraws from our high school and the parent comes in and says we're moving to say Arizona, until we get specific information that say they're enrolled, they count as a drop out for our school division," Dr. Reviea said.
The school said the final numbers for last year's class will be released in October.
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