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NEWS RELEASES 2012-13

NEWS RELEASES 2012-13 :: SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

11 DISTRICTS AND 35 SCHOOLS
EARN NC'S HIGHEST GRADUATION RATES

Eleven school districts and 35 high schools were today honored by State Superintendent June Atkinson for having the highest four-year cohort high school graduation rates among all districts and schools in the state in 2011-12. Representatives from the districts and schools received plaques at a luncheon held in Durham. To receive an award, schools must have been open for at least four years.

“North Carolina reached an all-time high school graduation rate of 80.4 percent last year and these districts and schools played a significant role in this remarkable achievement,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “I commend all the superintendents, principals and teachers who worked so hard to make sure more students than ever are graduating high school prepared for college, a career and citizenship.”

The award winners are as follows:

DISTRICTS WITH THE HIGHEST OVERALL GRADUATION RATES # STUDENTS IN COHORT 4-YEAR COHORT GRADUATION RATE

Graham County Schools

78

93.6

Mount Airy City Schools

116

91.4

Mooresville City Schools

383

90.3

Avery County Schools

171

90.1

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

847

90.0

Polk County Schools

204

89.7

Union County Schools

2715

89.5

Elkin City Schools

104

89.4

Catawba County Schools

1337

89.3

Cherokee County Schools

288

88.9

Dare County Schools

351

88.9

Districts with Highest Graduation Rate by Size
(Large= Greater than 2000 Students in Cohort, Medium=1000-1999 Students in Cohort, Small less than 1000 Students in Cohort)

Large – Union County Schools – 89.5
Medium – Catawba County Schools – 89.3
Small – Graham County Schools – 93.6


Schools in the 100% Club

SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL # OF STUDENTS IN COHORT

Clover Garden Charter

Clover Garden Charter

27

Burke County Schools

Burke Middle College

61

Cumberland County Schools

Cross Creek Early College

52

Cumberland County Schools

Howard Health & Life Sciences

42

Davidson County Schools

Davidson Early College

26

Durham Public Schools

City of Medicine Academy

56

Edgecombe County Schools

Edgecombe Early College High

30

Winston-Salem/Forsyth  Schools

Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy

45

Gaston County Schools

Highland School of Technology

133

Guilford County Schools

Middle College at Bennett

34

Guilford County Schools

Greensboro College Middle College

56

Guilford County Schools

Penn-Griffin School for Arts

26

Guilford County Schools

The Early College at Guilford

50

Guilford County Schools

Middle College at NC A&T

20

Guilford County Schools

Weaver Academy

67

Hoke County Schools

SandHoke Early College High

39

Hyde County Schools

Ocracoke School

7

Jackson County Schools

Jackson County Early College

19

Macon County Schools

Nantahala School

8

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Cato Middle College High

98

New Hanover County Schools

Isaac M Bear High

32

Polk County Schools

Polk County Early College

10

Rutherford County Schools

Rutherford Early College High

36

Scotland County Schools

Scotland Early College High

24

Surry County Schools

Surry Early College High School of  Design

61

Union County Schools

Central Academy of Technology

197

Union County Schools

Marvin Ridge High

308

Wayne County Schools

Wayne Early/Middle College High

58


Top Two Schools with Less than 100 Students in Cohort

SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL # OF STUDENTS IN COHORT 4-YEAR COHORT GRADUATION RATE

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Cato Middle College High     

98

100.0

Guilford County Schools

Weaver Academy

67

100.0


Top Two Schools with 100 to 199 Students in Cohort

SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL # OF STUDENTS IN COHORT 4-YEAR COHORT GRADUATION RATE

Union County Schools

Central Academy of Technology

197

100.0

Gaston County Schools

Highland School of Technology

133

100.0


Top Two Schools with 200 to 299 Students in Cohort

SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL # OF STUDENTS IN COHORT 4-YEAR COHORT GRADUATION RATE

Guilford County Schools

Northern Guilford High

275

97.8

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City
Schools

East Chapel Hill High

299

94.6


Top Two Schools with 300 to 399 Students in Cohort

SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL # OF STUDENTS IN COHORT 4-YEAR COHORT GRADUATION RATE

Union County Schools

Marvin Ridge High

308

100

Union County Schools

Weddington High

308

97.4


Top Two Schools with 400 to 499 Students in Cohort

SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL # OF STUDENTS IN COHORT 4-YEAR COHORT GRADUATION RATE

Wake County Schools

Green Hope High

492

94.7

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Providence High              

482

94.6


Top Two Schools with 500 or More Students in Cohort

SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL # OF STUDENTS IN COHORT 4-YEAR COHORT GRADUATION RATE

Iredell-Statesville Schools

Lake Norman High

528

96.6

Wake County Schools

Panther Creek High

569

94.7

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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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