The six-year completion rate, according to the Ministry of Education, is the percentage of students who graduate with a B.C. Certificate of Graduation or B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma within six years from the first time they enrol in Grade 8.

“The Fort Nelson school district had the highest completion rate in B.C. with 99.7 per cent of students graduating,” a press release from the ministry reads. “Just a few years ago, in 2009 – 2010, the district’s rate was 61 per cent but since 2010 – 2011, it has been above 86 per cent every year, higher than the provincial average for the same period.”

Aboriginal students of Fort Nelson saw a completion rate of over 80 per cent, according to the ministry.

Back in the Peace region, the number of graduated Aboriginal and special needs students decreased by approximately one per cent in the north but increased in the south, according to the ministry’s data.

Also, statistics indicate both districts are graduating nearly 100 per cent of all students.

Specifically, Peace River South is graduating 100 per cent, or 235 out of 236 grade 12 students compared to the Class of ’10 – a completion rate of 95 per cent, or 274 out of 287 students.

They’ve also graduated all 60 of their Aboriginal students and all 13 of their students with special needs.

In Peace River North, the statistics are not as high as that of Peace River South, but they’re not too appalling either. The completion rate of all students in that district is 94 per cent, or 280 out of 299 students. This is an increase from 93 per cent in 2009 – 2010 but a decrease from 96 per cent in 2011 – 2012 and 95 per cent in 2012 – 2013.

Aboriginal students in Peace River North also saw a slight decrease in their graduation rate – down from 95 per cent in 2012 – 2013 to 86 per cent in 2013 – 2014.

Students with special needs had a completion rate of 100 per cent in 2011 – 2012 but that dropped to 83 per cent in 2013 – 2014.

Meanwhile, the province-wide six-year completion rate for Aboriginal students reached a record high of 61.6 per cent this year – a 45.6 per cent improvement from a rate of 42.3 per cent in 2000 – 2001, according to the ministry.

“The trend of steady improvement is also evident in the completion rates for special needs and ELL [English Language Learning] students,” the ministry goes on to write. “The six-year completion rate for students with special needs has improved by 86.2 per cent – rising from 33.4 per cent in 2000 – 2001 to 62.2 per cent in 2013 – 2014.”

Particularly, the 2013 – 2014 rate for ELL students was 86.6 per cent – an increase of more than 12.5 per cent compared to 77 per cent in 2000 – 2001.

“I am very proud of our K-12 education system and our students’ continuous achievement,” Minister of Education Peter Fassbender writes. “They are ranked among the best in Canada and internationally for their reading and writing skills.”

Fassbender concludes, “…More Aboriginal and special needs students graduated last year than ever before, and we will continue to work with our partners to support our students through the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreements and Learning Improvement Funds.”