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NEWS RELEASES 2014-15 :: OCTOBER 6, 2015

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11 DISTRICTS AND 60 SCHOOLS EARN NORTH CAROLINA'S HIGHEST GRADUATION RATES IN 2014-15

Eleven school districts and 60 high schools today were honored by State Superintendent June Atkinson for having the highest four-year cohort graduation rates among all districts and schools in the state in 2014-15.

“I am so proud of the teachers, school counselors, coaches, principals and district leaders, and others who have worked tirelessly to make sure more students are graduating from North Carolina’s public schools than ever before. Their dedication and tenacity enabled the state to reach the all-time high graduation rate of 85.6 in 2014-15,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “As we honor the schools and districts that do an exceptional job keeping students in school and on track for graduation, I am hopeful that these award winners will continue to share best practices and serve as models for districts and schools across the state.”

Representatives from the districts and schools were honored and received plaques at a luncheon held in Durham. To receive an award, schools must have been open for at least four years. The full report on the state's cohort graduation rates, as well as previous years' reports, is available online.

The award winners are as follows:


Top 10 School Districts

  School District # Students In Cohort 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate
1 Newton-Conover City Schools 206 97.1
2 Hyde County Schools 38 94.7
3 Dare County Schools 370 93.8
3 Avery County Schools 178 93.8
5 Union County Public Schools 2966 93.2
6 Cherokee County Schools 267 92.9
7 Yancey County Schools 172 92.4
7 Mount Airy City Schools 144 92.4
9 Elkin City Schools 87 92.0
10 Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools 889 91.0


Top School District with Highest Graduation Rate by Cohort Size

School District # Students In Cohort 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate
Large – Union County Public Schools 2963 93.1
Medium – Henderson County Public Schools 1023 90.5
Small – Newton-Conover City Schools 206 97.1

Large: Greater than 2000 Students in Cohort
Medium: 1000-1999 Students in Cohort
Small: Less than 1000 Students in Cohort


100% Club

This award is given to schools achieving a 100% four-year cohort graduation rate that have been open for at least four years and have 10 or more students in the cohort.

School District School Students In Cohort
Anson County Schools Anson County Early College 27
Avery County Schools Avery County STEM Academy 31
Beaufort County Schools Beaufort County Early College High 36
Bertie County Schools Bertie School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math 48
Burke County Schools Burke Middle College 50
Cabarrus County Schools Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College 51
Caldwell County Schools Caldwell Early College 76
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Levine Middle College 36
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Military and Global Leadership Academy 29
Cumberland County Schools Reid Ross Classical High 80
Cumberland County Schools Cross Creek Early College 48
Cumberland County Schools Cumberland International Early College High 38
Cumberland County Schools Howard Health & Life Sciences High 25
Currituck County Schools The JP Knapp ECH School 56
Duplin County Schools Duplin Early College 37
Durham Public Schools Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High 84
Durham Public Schools Hillside New Tech High 68
Edgecombe County Public Schools Edgecombe Early College 34
Gaston County Schools Highland School of Technology 132
Greene County Schools Greene Early College 22
Guilford County Schools Greensboro College Middle College 73
Guilford County Schools Weaver Academy for Performing/Visual Arts 66
Guilford County Schools The Academy at Ben L. Smith High 53
Guilford County Schools The Early College at Guilford College 46
Guilford County Schools Middle College at UNC-G 45
Guilford County Schools William Penn - Alfred J. Griffin School for the Arts 42
Guilford County Schools Middle College at GTCC - Greensboro 33
Guilford County Schools Early/Middle College at NC A&T State University 31
Guilford County Schools The Academy at High Point Central 30
Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School 12
Henderson County Schools Henderson County Early College 41
Iredell-Statesville Schools Collaborative College for Technology and Leadership 43
Johnston County Schools Johnston County Middle College 74
Johnston County Schools Johnston County Early College Academy 53
Lenoir County Public Schools Lenoir County Early College 31
Macon County Schools Highlands School 29
McDowell County Schools McDowell Early College 49
New Hanover County Schools Wilmington Early College 48
New Hanover County Schools Isaac M Bear High 47
Newton - Conover City Schools Discovery High School at Newton-Conover 21
Raleigh Charter High School Raleigh Charter High 134
Richmond County Schools Richmond Early College High 31
Rowan-Salisbury Schools Rowan County Early College 46
Rutherford County Schools Rutherford Early College 26
Surry County Schools Surry Early College High School of Design 63
Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Challenge Foundation Academy 83
Union County Public Schools Central Academy of Technology & Arts 209
Union County Public Schools Union County Early College 63
Vance County Schools Western Vance High 26
Wake County Schools Wake Early College of Health and Science 59
Wayne County Schools Wayne School of Engineering at Goldsboro 79
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Early College of Forsyth County 50
Yadkin County Schools Yadkin Early College 36


Top 2 Schools By Cohort Size

Less than 100 Students

School District School Cohort Size Graduation Rate
Durham Public Schools Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High 84 100
Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy 83 100


100 to 199 Students

School District School Cohort Size Graduation Rate
Raleigh Charter High Raleigh Charter High 134 100
Gaston County Schools Highland School of Technology 132 100


200 to 299 Students

School District School Cohort Size Graduation Rate
Union County Public Schools Central Academy of Technology & Arts 209 100
Henderson County Schools West Henderson High 239 99.2


300 to 399 Students

School District School Cohort Size Graduation Rate
Union County Public Schools Weddington High 347 99.7
Union County Public Schools Marvin Ridge High 370 99.5


400 to 499 Students

School District School Cohort Size Graduation Rate
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Providence High 466 97.8
Guilford County Schools Northwest Guilford High 493 96.6


500 or More Students

School District School Cohort Size Graduation Rate
Wake County Schools Green Hope High 546 97.6
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Ardrey Kell High 630 97.1

In addition to the school's honored at today's luncheon, 82 high schools that earned a graduation rate of 95% or greater in 2014-15 have received a letter of recognition and certificate of achievement from Atkinson to honor this accomplishment. A list of those schools is available here.
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