First Posted: 10/13/2009
RALEIGH For the second time, Mount Airy City Schools was recognized for its graduation rate.
On Tuesday, representatives of the school system and Mount Airy High School traveled to Raleigh to accept recognition for the school being in the top 10 school districts in the state for four-year cohort graduation rates.
With 81.8 percent of Mount Airy High School students who entered the school in ninth grade earning a diploma in four years, the school came in well above the state average of 71.7 percent. The high school ranked seventh in the state for students graduating in five years with a rate of 83.7 percent, once again well above the state average of 72.9 percent.
Were really excited to be recognized for the second year in a row, said Sandy George, principal of Mount Airy High School. Theres a lot of hard work that goes into getting that graduation rate up and keeping drop-out rates down. Were lucky to have people like Roy Joyce, Polly Long, Judy Nations and the guidance counselors. They work really hard.
Mount Airy High School was one of 17 schools and 12 school districts recognized at the event held by State Superintendent June Atkinson to highlight the importance of high school graduation.
For the faculty and staff at Mount Airy High School, being recognized for the second year in a row is a great accomplishment, but they are still looking for ways to improve and hope to get that number up to a 100-percent graduation rate.
Were lucky in the fact that were small. We can look at students individually and recognize problems when they arise, said George. Were always wanting to improve and were striving for 100 percent. It will take some time talking with parents and with students and having them recognize the need for a high school diploma.
When students can see the link between what they learn in the classroom with their future success, they will recognize the value of a high school diploma and will work to not only meet, but to exceed our expectations, said Dr. Darrin Hartness, superintendent of Mount Airy City Schools. We have put in place initiatives to increase relevance and rigor that will encourage students to remain in school. Our goal is to ensure that when our students complete high school, they are equipped to succeed as they begin to work or continue their education. I am confident that with the support of excellent teachers, administrators and our community, we will continue to have one of the highest graduation rates in the state.
Also in this area, Elkin City Schools was recognized for its graduation rate. Elkin High School had a four-year cohort graduation rate of 88.2 percent.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.