SPOKANE -- Summer vacation ended early for students at Rogers High School.
Students returned to classes Wednesday, even though most students in the District are still enjoying summer break.
It is the second year in a row Rogers HS opened early, thanks to a $4 million Federal school improvement grant meant to boost student achievement.
Five years ago, fewer than half of the students at Rogers HS graduated on time. The school’s principal Lori Wyborney said the grant is a renewed focus on helping to change that.
Wyborney said three of four seniors from the class of 2011 graduated on time. The class of 2012 had an 80% graduation rate.
“We have some work yet to do,” she said, adding the school is aiming to graduate 90% of its seniors on time.
The grant is improving more than graduation rates.
In the last year, 20% of the students at Rogers HS have earned more credits. Students have also had more success in math and science courses.
“We are seeing more of our students graduate with a college and career-ready transcript,” Wyborney said.
The grant is for three more years.