City grad rates among top ten in state

By Eva Queen -

Mount Airy City Schools’ graduation rates for the 2014-2015 year was among the highest in the state, tying for the seventh highest mark in North Carolina.

in the state for highest graduation rates, tied with Yancey County Schools.

“The graduation rate is a result of everyone at Mount Airy High School and Mount Airy City Schools being vested into each and every student as well as the community being committed to a quality education for everyone,” said Kevin Joyce, assistant principal at Mount Airy High School.

The school system was among 10 school districts and 60 high schools honored earlier this week 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. There dedication and tenacity enabled the state to reach the all-time high graduation rate of 85.6 in 2014-15,” said 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,” added Atkinson.

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.

In speaking on how he believes Mount Airy Schools achieved this level of success, Dr. Greg Little, superintendent for Mount Airy City Schools said, “Our students are so successful because we have an amazing staff from kindergarten through 12th grade who go above and beyond for our children each and every day. Our staff, teachers, and administrators create hope as they challenge, nurture, and support our students in reaching their full potential. I am so proud of how they enable our students to dream big in all that they do”

In addition to what Little stated, Mount Airy High School Principal Sandy George added, “At Mount Airy High School we tailor our student’s educational needs based on their goals post high school. We understand that education is not one size fits all.”

The Top 10 School Districts were: Newton-Conover City Schools, Hyde County Schools, Dare County Schools, Avery County Schools, Union County Schools, Cherokee County Schools, Yancey County Schools and Mount Airy City Schools (tied for seventh), Elkin City Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

By Eva Queen

Reach Eva Queen at (336) 415-4739 or on Twitter @MtAiryNewsEva

Reach Eva Queen at (336) 415-4739 or on Twitter @MtAiryNewsEva

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