Exactly how many high school students are graduating

For Monday's Facebook Story of The Day, many of you wanted to know more about high school dropout rates across The Heartland.

We went to Kirksville High School and learned that in the past two years, that their graduation rate was right around 87.5%.

Kirksville High School Principal Randy Mikel says one of the best ways to prevent a student from dropping out is parents' involvement in their child's studies.

"You can be in contact with the teachers. Be on top of it with the grades with our 'Information Now Program.' You can see their grades and discipline." Mikel said. "All those things up to the minute. The best remedy is parents working together with school officials."

Mikel also says the high school has a program called "Check and Connect" to help identify which students are at risk of dropping out and pair them with a teacher mentor to help them succeed at subjects like reading and math.

Here are some other graduation rates around the Northeast Missouri area:

Adair County R-I School 95.2%

Adair County R-II School 94.1%

Macon County R-1 School 88%

Milan C-2 School 87.5%

Knox County R-I School 83.3%

Scotland County R-I School 93.8%

Schuyler County R-I School 94.8%

Putnam County R-1 School 95.1%

The state wide graduation rate in Missouri is 85.8%.