Graduation rates continue to climb

Aug 14, 2013

North Carolina's four-year cohort graduation rate continued its upward climb and set another record, according to the state's 2012-13 Cohort Graduation Rate Report, recently presented to State Board of Education.

In 2013, 82.5 percent of students who started ninth grade in 2009-10 completed high school in four years or less. This is up from the 2012 rate of 80.4 percent.

The high schools in Haywood County also continued to improve the rate at which students graduate.  Pisgah High school increased the graduation rate from 86.7 percent in 2011-12 to 88.4 percent in 2012-13.  Tuscola High School maintained a graduation rate of 83.5 percent from 2011-12 to 2012-13.  Both comprehensive traditional high schools continue have a graduation rate higher than the state rate.

Central Haywood High School is the county’s alternative high school.  Central Haywood increased the graduation rate from 70.1 percent in 2011-12 to 81.1 percent in 2012-13.

“The students and staff at Central Haywood High School and the Alternative Learning Center have done a wonderful job," said Anne Garrett, Haywood County Schools superintendent. "An alternative school graduation rate of 81.1 percent is outstanding.”

Haywood Early College is a rigorous five-year school that includes a blend of high school and college course work.  Haywood Early College increased the graduation rate from 61.5 percent in 2011-12 to 69.2 percent in 2012-13.

“Haywood Early College is a dynamic school that has excelled in student academic performance.  While we are pleased with the increased graduation rate, there is still work to be done to help these students stay the course and graduate,” said Bill Nolte, associate superintendent.

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