Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Board Gets Update on High Schoolers' Progress

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Board Gets Update on High Schoolers' Progress

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Elected school board members and the handful of residents who attended the Tuesday meeting of the state board of control in Duquesne City School District did not get any information on the future of the district, but they did get a report on how Duquesne students are faring at East Allegheny and West Mifflin Area high schools.

According to a report from educational liaison Barbara McDonnell, among the East Allegheny students who attended Duquesne, nine of the original 23 eighth-graders to transfer there in 2007-08 after Duquesne High School was closed by the state stayed for the full four years and graduated in June 2011. However, there was a total of 20 Duquesne students who graduated from East Allegheny in June 2011. The others transferred to the school after the original group.

Of the nine original eighth-grade students who graduated, eight went to college and one went to work.

Of the other 16 original eighth-graders who came to East Allegheny, 12 moved, two withdrew, one never attended and there was no information on the other.

There were 47 original eighth-graders who made up the first class of freshmen to attend West Mifflin Area High School in 2007. Of that group, 25 students remained for four years and graduated in June 2011. The total number of Duquesne students to graduate from West Mifflin in June 2011 was 48.

Among the original 25 who graduated, 12 went to college, one to the military, four went to work and eight provided no information.

Of the remaining 22 original eighth grade students who went to West Mifflin Area, 11 moved, four withdrew, three enrolled in a diploma retrieval program, two were court placed and two were runaways.

Ms. McDonnell said there are 70 Duquesne students assigned to East Allegheny High School and seven of those attend Forbes Road Vocational Technical School.

At West Mifflin Area, there are 153 students attending high school, with 17 of those attending Steel Valley Vocational Technical School.

Ms. McDonnell said the students presently in eighth grade at Duquesne Elementary/Middle School chose high schools Feb. 15 and that no lottery was needed for the assignment and all students got their first choices. …

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