Dayton High School’s graduation rate was the highest in the Yamhill County at 96.8 percent — 18 points above the state average of 78.7 percent — and one of the best in the state. Dayton had the sixth-highest graduation rate among Oregon schools with 100 more students, not including charter schools.

“Our staff really knows our kids. We work hard to know their story,” said Jami Fluke, Dayton Junior-Senior High principal. She said her school provides options for students, including a variety of alternative classes through the Pirate Sky Sail program — credit recovery, online classes or those with both a teacher and some online work, modified schedules, etc. “We made school accessible based on what they need, what’s going on in their lives,” she said. Most of all, Fluke said, her staff makes sure students know they matter and that their emotional and mental health are important, along with academics. “We want them here,” she said. “We want them to find their ‘why’ that helps them find value and purpose in school.” (Excerpted from the News-Register article on January 25, 2019).