Aboriginal graduation rate at highest level ever in Delta

February 27, 2013

The number of at-risk Aboriginal students in Delta, BC is on the decline while their graduation rate is at the highest level ever, according to findings recently reported to the Delta Board of Education. The 2012 annual report on Delta's Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement notes the district had a 67% graduate rate for First Nations students, which was once again higher than the BC average. Approximately 80% of those graduating go on to PSE within 2 years. The report notes all Aboriginal students surveyed are proud of their culture and heritage, and 80% of parents said they are satisfied with the Aboriginal cultural program. The report does identify some areas requiring improvement. The proportion of students who feel safe dropped from 85% in elementary school to 55% to 63% in high school. 20% of Aboriginal students report being bullied in school, compared to 10% of their non-Aboriginal peers. Just 35% to 45% feel that high school prepares them for the future and/or PSE, while just 60% of parents report satisfaction with the academic support provided by their child's school. Delta Optimist