Taft boasts highest graduation rate in Kern County

TAFT, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) More U.S. high school students are graduating. According to a new study, 80 percent are getting their diplomas, which is more than ever before.

Locally, Delano Joint Union High School had a graduation rate of 92 percent for the 2012-13 school year. Kern High School District had a 79 percent graduation rate. Wasco had an 83 percent rate.

The total graduation rate in Kern County last school year was 76 percent, a little lower than the state rate of 80.2 percent.

But, one school is scoring the highest marks.

Taft Union High School had the highest graduation rate in Kern County at 96.9 percent.

Eyewitness News spoke with Blanca Cavazos, the superintendent at Taft Union High School District. She said she's proud of the results.

She referenced staff, low class sizes and course offerings online and during the summer as reasons for some of the school's success.

Cavazos said the school is able to deal with students on a personalized level, and there's a commitment from the entire community to seeing them graduate.

"It has to be a partnership between the parents, the community and the school," Cavazos said. "Working closely together to make sure our students have those opportunities to be successful, and then take advantage of those opportunities."