NEWS RELEASES 2009-10
NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED FOR
HIGH GRADUATION RATES
Seventeen schools and 12 school districts in North Carolina today were recognized for having the highest rates of high school graduation in North Carolina at a ceremony in Raleigh. This is the second year that State Superintendent June Atkinson has held the special recognition ceremony to highlight the importance of high school graduation and the graduation success stories in North Carolina.
"North Carolina must redouble its efforts to keep students in school and on track for high school graduation," said State Superintendent Atkinson. "A high school diploma is a basic accomplishment for anyone entering the workforce and an essential stepping stone to a community college or university. The schools and districts we have honored today show us that public schools can have high graduation rates, and when they do, students are the winners."
School districts and schools were recognized in the three categories, described below. In each case, the rates referenced are the four-year cohort graduation rate. This rate refers to the percentage of students who graduate from high school in four years or less. The rates are for the students who were identified as being in the graduating class of 2009.
|Top Ten School Districts||Graduation Rate|
|Dare County||90.2 percent|
|Elkin City||88.2 percent|
|Clay County||87.6 percent|
|Chapel Hill-Carrboro||86.7 percent|
|Catawba County||83.8 percent|
|Carteret County||82.5 percent|
|Currituck County||82.1 percent|
|Polk County||82.1 percent|
|Mount Airy City||81.8 percent|
|Orange County||81.4 percent|
|Camden County||81.4 percent|
|Pamlico County||81.4 percent|
(Note: the last three recipients were tied for the 10th slot.)
|100% Club for High School Graduation Rate||Location|
|Anson County Early College High||Anson County|
|Early College at Guilford||Guilford County|
|The Middle College at GTCC||Jamestown, Guilford County|
|Weaver Academy,||Guilford County|
|Ocracoke School||Hyde County|
|Nantahala School||Macon County|
|Newton-Conover Health/Science||Newton-Conover City|
|Top Two Schools by Cohort Rate
(Schools must have been open for four years to be honored.)
|Highland School of Technology||Gaston County|
|Hendersonville High||Henderson County|
|White Oak High||Onslow County|
|Fred T. Foard High,||Catawba County|
|Weddington High||Union County|
|Eastern Wayne High||Wayne County|
|Lake Norman High||Iredell County|
|Jack Britt High||Cumberland County|
|Northwest Guilford||Guilford County|
|Green Hope High||Wake County|
North Carolina overall has a statewide graduation rate of 71.7 percent. For specific groups of students this rate is even lower. In particular, male students and students who are Native American, black, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient or with disabilities have average graduation rates that are lower than the state average. The state graduation rate will not be fully addressed unless all of these groups’ performance is addressed.
Atkinson said sending the message to students that education is a foundation for their future is only one part of the equation. Research shows that students benefit from smaller learning environments, opportunities to build relationships with their teachers, rigorous and focused academics and support to help them overcome setbacks.
For more information about today's kickoff event, please call the NC Department of Public Instruction's Communication division at 919.807.3450.
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.
For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.