Superintendent's Message

Photo of Superintendent Dr. David Daigneault
Largest GSD Graduating Class in 2016

In May, 2016, Grenada School District achieved a record-breaking benchmark, the largest graduating class in GSD history! Graduates marching across Charger Stadium receiving their diplomas numbered 271 individuals! GSD faculty, staff, and administration are proud of achieving this commencement standard, providing our students and community with the academic tools needed for success.

The graduation rate for 2015-16 was 82.7%, with the completion rate topping 88.9%, up 34.2% since 2005! The graduation rate is defined as those students receiving a high school diploma. The completion rate includes graduates, GED recipients, and students that did not participate in the traditional diploma route. The GSD dropout rate for 2015-16 was 9.4%. This percentage is calculated by a complex formula from the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE).

The great strides in the number of graduates that GSD has achieved is due to the development of numerous factors. Our faculty, staff, teachers, administrators, and specialists have developed an outstanding plan of action to improve, not only the graduation rate, but to improve educational implementation at every level. Our system has provided teachers with the tools and flexibility to ensure that our students are able to master academic standards in each content area.

Teaching resources include classroom teaching strategies, pacing guides, unit construction, diagnostics, and specialists' support. AmeriCorps and 21st Century grant funding have also assisted GSD in providing additional tutoring and one-on-one and small group assistance.

The GSD systemic academic implementation plans have enabled our students to achieve an unprecedented number of high school graduates. Although our teachers and students have been struggling with MDE and State directives in testing, curriculum, requirements, and standards that have changed each year, GSD has adapted to the changes to continually focus on the progress of our students.