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N-CCS Honored for Top Graduation Rate in the State at 97.1%

DSC_0373On October 6th, 2015, Newton-Conover City Schools was honored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in Durham for having the highest Cohort Graduation Rate of any school district in the state of North Carolina for the 2014-15 school year.

Present to accept the award from Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent, were Dr. Aron Gabriel, Assistant Superintendent, Mrs. Judy McLaughlin, N-CCS Dropout Prevention Specialist. Mr. Chris Penley, N-CHS Principal, and Mr. John Robinson, Discovery HS Principal. We could not be more proud of the effort of every parent, student, teacher, leader, support staff, and community member it took to make this possible for our students!

In total, eleven school districts and 60 high schools were honored by State Superintendent June Atkinson for havingDSC_0370 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 DSC_0349graduation, 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

Credit to NCDPI for data reports.

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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