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Chaparral High School's graduation rate rises dramatically

Posted at 7:35 PM, Mar 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-02 22:35:48-05

Chaparral High School is getting national attention for its graduation rate. 

According to Communities in School, the high school was able to increase how many students graduated from 34 percent six years ago to 80 percent of students last year. 

"There's more successes taking place than failures," said Principal Lolo James. 

Communities in Schools is awarding James with a special honor for his work on graduation rates, but he attributes the growing numbers to his teachers. 

"The foundation of Chaparral's success is our teachers. They are the individuals making the significant difference," James said. 

Chaparral did adopt the district's turnaround program and has added more resources to help make the change. 

"It's nice because it does make a big difference and everyone feels a little more positive," said Griselda Ayala, whose student attends Chaparral. 

James has also added more incentives for students like a "student of the month" wall. 

"A lot of students walk through here and they say they want to be on this wall and we tell them what is necessary and what it takes so they aspire to obtain that," James said. 

Chaparral's graduation rates sits above the Clark County School District average graduation rate of 74 percent.