Feb 14, 2014 12:07 PM by KAJ News
KALISPELL - The Montana Office of Public Instruction recently released school by school graduation rates, and a couple of Flathead Valley schools posted impressive numbers.
Looking at the numbers in Northwest Montana, Glacier High school and Flathead High School graduated slightly below the state average at 83% and 81% apiece.
Columbia Falls High School saw an overall graduation of 80.3%, while Whitefish High School graduated almost 91% of their seniors in 2013.
But the school with the highest graduation rate last year was Bigfork High School - which managed to put 93.7% of their senior in caps and gowns in May.
Bigfork Principal Matt Porrovecchio says teachers and class sizes have a lot to do with their success.
"I think it's a lot of things, probably some things that aren't written down or easy to see, but the biggest for me is our relationships our teachers have with our students. And I think that comes with size," he said.
" When you're a school our size, you're able to form those relationships, to keep kids, especially those kids that might be the ones that won't graduate, but when you know those kids, you know what they're dealing with, you're able to help them - help them get through some of those tough situations," Porrovecchio added.
Lincoln County High School and Thompson Falls High School saw graduation rates in the high 80's, while Browning registered only a 66% graduation rate.