Nationally, the number of high school graduates is predicted to decline, but South Dakota expects to show a significant increase in graduates this year, and beyond. According to a report by Western Interstate Commission for higher education, the state expects to expand its number of total high school graduates by 14.4 percent during the next fifteen years. A peak of over 10-thousand graduates is projected for the 2024-25 academic year.
Local high school officials say they've seen an increase too, but that it's not accidental, that's because area schools, like Central developed everything from transportation programs to tutoring programs - to encourage all students
to stay in the classroom.