Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools were recently recognized for having some of the state’s highest graduation rates during the 2011-2012 school year. Providence and Cato Middle College high schools were both among the 35 high schools honored by State Superintendent June Atkinson on Sept. 19 in Durham.
Providence High is one of the top two schools with 400-499 students in a cohort. The four-year cohort graduation rate is 94.6 with 482 students. Wake County Schools Green Hope High School has 492 students with a four-year cohort graduation rate of 94.7.
“As a large, comprehensive high school, emphasizing with parents and students the value of a high school diploma is part of the strategy we continue to use,” said Providence Principal Tracey Harrill. “The individual attention counselors, administrators, and teachers gave to each student was a key to this success.”
Cato was commemorated in the 100 percent club with 98 students last year. This is the second time the school has been recognized for all of its students graduating. Cato is an honors program that gives high school juniors and seniors the chance to earn college credit. It first opened in 2007 and is Charlotte-Mecklenburg's first middle college program.
“I’m just a conductor who directs,” said Cato Principal Joey Burch. “It is my parents, my students and staff who have the academic products who make this program one that succeeds.”
The four-year cohort graduation rate is determined by taking the number of students who graduated at the end of the school year and dividing that by the number of students in the school’s ninth-grade class four years prior. The calculation is adjusted to account for students are transfers in and out of the school, as well as those students who are deceased. To receive an award, schools must have been open for at least four years.
“North Carolina reached an all-time high school graduation rate of 80.4 percent last year and these districts and schools played a significant role in this remarkable achievement,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson in a released statement. “I commend all the superintendents, principals and teachers who worked so hard to make sure more students than ever are graduating high school prepared for college, a career and citizenship.”
More information about the North Carolina high school graduation rates can be viewed on the State Board of Education web site.