Statewide, Montana's high school graduate rates are better than in previous years. The dropout numbers are improving, too.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau released the figures this past week, showing the graduation rate at 83.9 for 2011-2012, up from 82.2 percent the previous year. Dropouts were at 4.1 percent, down a full percentage point.

In the Bitterroot Valley, the breakdown of individual schools showed:

  • Hamilton - Graduations at 88.6 percent, Dropouts at 3.2 percent
  • Corvallis - Graduations at 94.2 percent, Dropouts at 1.3 percent
  • Stevensville - Graduations at 91 percent, Dropouts at 2.3 percent
  • Victor - Graduations at 88.7 percent, Dropouts at 4.6 percent
  • Darby - Graduations at 80.6 percent, Dropouts at 4.6 percent
  • Juneau said that the Graduation Matters program has received a $150,000 donation from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation which will be used for grants in the Graduation Matters Challenge Fund.