Aboriginal students in Grande Yellowhead high schools were nearly twice as likely to graduate last year compared to the provincial average. The three-year (grades 10–12) high school completion average for Aboriginal students in Grande Yellowhead high schools rose to 70 per cent last year, compared to about 50 per cent in 2011 and 2010. Alberta’s provincial three-year completion rate for Aboriginal students is 40 per cent, which has increased only slightly from 36 per cent in 2010. Passing scores on Provincial Achievement Tests were at 68.9 per cent for GYPSD compared to 58.3 per cent for the province. In contrast to the overall First Nations, Metis and Inuit stats, the six-year transition rate average for Aboriginal students continuing on to post-secondary studies fell nine points to 20 per cent in 2012. The provincial average was 30.2 per cent. In addition to higher achievements for aboriginal students, GYPSD also received excellent appraisal for overall high school completion rates. Overall three-year averages were 82.3 per cent for the school division in 2012 compared to the provincial average of 74.1 per cent. GYPSD was recognized by Alberta’s education manager Paul Macleod.