N-CCS claims highest graduation rate in N.C.

Staff Writer

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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. The system 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 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.