The Surry Early College High School of Design was among 60 high schools statewide recently recognized 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.
The Surry Early College High School of Design was the only school in Surry County to receive the new A+ grade from the state due to high performance, high growth, and low achievement gaps for disadvantaged students. Surry Early College holds a 100 percent graduation rate for the fifth consecutive year.
Dr. Travis L. Reeves, superintendent, and Kevin Via, principal of the Surry Early College High School of Design, were present at an awards ceremony in Durham to receive the award from Atkinson on Tuesday.
Countywide, Surry County graduated a record 89.6 percent of students from the 2011-12 grade 9 cohort in the spring of 2015. North Carolina’s statewide graduation rate for the cohort was also a new record high at 85.4 percent.
East Surry High School, even though not recognized at the state level, achieved a graduation rate of 94.6, which is the highest graduation rate for any traditional high school in Surry County.
North Surry High School and Surry Central High School achieved their highest graduation rates to date with North Surry at 85.3 and Surry Central at 90.6.
This is the eighth year that Atkinson has held the special awards ceremony to highlight the importance of high school graduation for all students and to congratulate districts and schools with high rates.
“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 Atkinson said. “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.”
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