Graduation rates revised
The revised figures posted for North Carolina's graduation rate show Haywood County Schools exceed the state rate, which has continued to climb.
In 2013, 82.5 percent of North Carolina students who started ninth grade in 2009-10 completed high school in four years or less. This is up from the 2012 state rate of 80.4 percent. Collectively, the four public high schools in Haywood County had a graduation rate of 83.0 percent.
The individual high schools continued to improve the rate at which students graduate, said Associate Superintendent Bill Nolte. Tuscola High School increased the graduation rate from 83.5 percent in 2011-12 to 84.1 percent in 2012-13. Pisgah High school increased the graduation rate from 86.7 percent in 2011-12 to 88.0 percent in 2012-13. Both comprehensive traditional high schools continue have a graduation rate higher than the state rate.
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 85.7 percent in 2012-13.
“Haywood Early College is a dynamic school that has excelled in student academic performance," Nolte said. "Previous graduation rates were not as high as they should have been for a school of this quality. Now Haywood Early College preforms at a very high level in every measurable way. Their students and staff should be very proud.”
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 83.1 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 said, "An alternative school graduation rate of 83.1 percent is outstanding. This is higher than the average graduation rate for all high schools in North Carolina.”
The graduation scores can be found at www.ncpublicschools.org.