Gaston's graduation rate is the highest ever

Published Thursday, September 3, 2015
by devinswindall

Gastonia, N.C. ? The high school graduation rate for Gaston County Schools is the highest ever, according to information released today by the North Carolina State Board of Education. The graduation rate for the Class of 2015 is 86.3 percent.
Class of 2015 Graduation Rate The Gaston rate of 86.3 percent is higher than the state graduation rate of 85.4 percent.

The district?s graduation rate has increased each year for the past six years. And for the first time, Gaston?s ten high schools have a graduation rate that exceeds 80 percent.

Called the four-year cohort graduation rate, it reflects the percentage of students who entered the ninth grade in 2011-2012 and graduated four years later in June 2015. The rate is higher than last year?s mark of 83.5 percent, and since the state first calculated the graduation rate in 2006, Gaston County Schools has increased 18.2 points from 68.1 to 86.3 percent.

?We are extremely pleased to see our high school graduation rate improve for the sixth consecutive year ? this is a significant accomplishment for our schools,? stated Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker. ?Our ultimate goal is to have every student graduate from high school and experience success in college and the workforce. The steady increase shows we are moving forward in our efforts to achieve this goal.?

Booker says increasing the graduation rate is a team approach that involves administrators, teachers, counselors, social workers, nurses, and other support personnel working with students and parents on truancy and dropout prevention. He believes programs that focus on character education/bullying, discipline, and counseling/mental health also help the school district?s efforts to keep students in school and on track for graduation.

It is important to note that the four-year graduation rate is not the same as the dropout rate, which indicates the number of students who drop out of high school in a given year.

Some students need an extra year of high school to complete graduation requirements. The district?s five-year cohort graduation rate is 85.4 percent, which is higher than last year?s five-year rate of 83.2. The five-year cohort graduation rate reflects the number of students who entered the ninth grade in 2010-2011 and graduated in 2015.

Here is a look at several graduation rate highlights:

    • This year?s graduation rate (86.3 percent) is the highest ever for Gaston County Schools.
    • Gaston?s rate of 86.3 is higher than the state graduation rate of 85.4 percent.
    • Since the state first reported the graduation rate in 2006, the GCS rate has increased 18.2 points (from 68.1 to 86.3 percent).
    • Four high schools have a graduation rate that exceeds 90 percent ? Ashbrook, Forestview, Highland and South Point.
    • The Highland School of Technology has a 100 percent graduation rate.
    • Hunter Huss (+8.9 points), Bessemer City (+5.9 points), Forestview (+4.7 points) and East Gaston (+4.4 points) had the most significant gains over last year.
    • Over the past three years, Bessemer City and Hunter Huss had the most significant gains. Bessemer City is up 18.1 points (62.8 to 80.9 percent) and Hunter Huss is up 16.6 points (65.4 to 82.0 percent).
    • GCS increased 2.8 points over last year while the state increase was only 1.6 points.

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