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NEWS RELEASES 2011-12

NEWS RELEASES 2011-12 :: OCTOBER 11, 2011

NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICTS, SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED FOR HIGH GRADUATION RATES

State Superintendent June Atkinson was joined by Lt. Governor Walter Dalton and State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison in recognizing 10 North Carolina school districts and 32 high schools for having the highest four- year cohort graduation rates in the state in the 2010-11 school year. This is the fourth year that Atkinson has held the special awards ceremony to highlight the importance of high school graduation for all students and to congratulate districts and schools with high rates.

"A high school diploma is essential to success in life for today's public school students. Graduating all of our students career and college ready has been a priority for me since I took the oath of office," State Superintendent June Atkinson said. "I congratulate the principals, teachers and staff at these schools for ensuring that students stay on track for graduation and look forward to the day when all our high schools can boast a 100 percent graduation rate."

State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison also congratulated staff on their students' accomplishments saying, "The State Board of Education is committed to ensuring that students receive a rigorous and relevant education that will prepare them for success after high school. Students should have options when they graduate and a high school diploma is the ticket to making that happen."

School districts and schools were recognized in four categories, described below. In each case, the rates referenced are for the four-year cohort graduation rates. 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 2011.


Top Ten School Districts Graduation Rate
Elkin City Schools 91.7 percent
Mooresville City Schools 91.1 percent
Camden County Schools 90.7 percent
Dare County Schools 90.1 percent
Union County Public Schools 89.1 percent
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools 88.3 percent
Watauga County Schools 87.4 percent
Polk County Schools 87.2 percent
Catawba County Schools 86.2 percent
Cherokee County Schools 86.1 percent


Highest Graduation Rate by Size
Number of Students in Cohort: Large = Greater than 2000; Medium = 1000-1999;
Small = less than 1000
Size Location Percent
Large Union County Public Schools 89.1 percent
Medium Catawba County Schools 86.2 percent
Small Elkin City Schools 91.7 percent


Top Two Schools by 9th Grade Cohort Size Location Percent
0-99 COHORT
Hillside New Tech High School Durham Public Schools 100.0 percent
Surry Early College High School Design Surry County Schools 100.0 percent
100-199 Cohort
Central Academy of Technology Union Co. Public Schools 100.0 percent
Highland School of Technology Gaston County Schools 99.2 percent

200-299 Cohort

Weddington High Union County Public Schools 98.1 percent
Cox Mill High School Cabarrus County Schools 97.6 percent

300-399 Cohort

Marvin Ridge High Union County Public Schools 99.3 percent
Southwest Guilford High Guilford County Schools 92.7 percent

400-499 Cohort

Northwest Guilford High Guilford County Schools 94.5 percent
Lake Norman High Iredell-Statesville Schools 94.0 percent

500+ Cohort

Green Hope High Wake County Schools 95.2 percent
Panther Creek High Wake County Schools 93.4 percent


100% Graduation Club Location
Burke Middle College Burke County Schools
Caldwell Career Center Middle College Caldwell County Schools
Reid Ross Classical Cumberland County Schools
Davidson Early College Davidson County Schools
Hillside New Tech High School Durham Public Schools
Edgecombe Early College High Edgecombe County Schools
The Early College at Guilford Guilford County Schools
Middle College at Bennett Guilford County Schools
Middle College at Greensboro College Guilford County Schools
Middle College at GTCC–Greensboro Guilford County Schools
Middle College at GTCC-High Point Guilford County Schools
Middle College at GTCC-Jamestown Guilford County Schools
Penn-Griffin School for Arts Guilford County Schools
Weaver Academy Guilford County Schools
Lincoln Charter School Lincoln County
Highlands School Macon County Schools
Nantahala School Macon County Schools
Cato Middle College High Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Polk County Early College Polk County Schools
Rutherford Early College High Rutherford County Schools
Surry Early College High School Design Surry County Schools
Central Academy of Technology Union County Schools
Wayne Early/Middle College High Wayne County School


North Carolina's statewide four-year cohort graduation rate for 2010-11 is 77.9 percent, which is up 3.7 percentage points from 2009-10. This rate has improved every year since 2006 when North Carolina reported its first measurement of a cohort graduation rate.

To view all district and high school graduation rates, please visit www.ncpublicschools.org/graduate/statistics .

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.


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