School attendance truly matters!

The District places a high importance on regular school attendance by students. It’s a fact that students who attend school regularly learn more and are more successful in school than students who do not. One of the six pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS! that we teach our students about is RESPONSIBILTY. Parents who make regular school attendance a priority also are helping their children learn to accept responsibility. And that’s an important lesson for a successful life.

Children can suffer academically if they miss 10% of school days or about 18 days in a school year — That can be just one day every two weeks. That’s important, because students who miss school miss out on carefully planned sequences of instruction. They miss out on active learning experiences, class participation, and they are more likely to fall behind and drop out.

Attendance patterns are formed early in life. Children who develop good attendance habits in the early grades will be more likely to continue them throughout their school career. In fact, research shows that chronic absence in kindergarten and first grade is a strong predictor of poor academic performance by grade five. So let’s get our kids to school each and every day!

The following chart shows a student rate of attendance comparison by school for the previous three school years beginning with 2009-10.  Please note that the attendance rates listed below are for all programs at each school site.

SCHOOL 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
Alameda 95.95 95.76 95.27
Carpenter 96.03 96.15 97.01
Gallatin 96.36 97.03 96.96
Gauldin 95.63 96.69 96.40
Imperial 95.20 94.95 95.81
Lewis 95.94 96.57 95.95
Price 96.26 96.65 96.27
OldRiver 95.64 96.52 96.96
Rio Hondo 95.63 96.54 96.22
RSG 96.27 96.76 96.42
Unsworth 95.81 96.71 96.43
Ward 95.56 97.11 96.33
Williams 95.26 96.68 95.96
East 96.28 96.56 96.53
Griffiths 96.58 96.76 97.20
Sussman 95.97 96.03 96.49
West 97.27 97.63 98.07
Downey 96.02 95.69 96.13
Warren 95.61 95.97 96.51
Columbus 86.16 83.72 80.41
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