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BCPS has No. 1 graduation rate in NC for medium size districts

posted Nov 7, 2016, 5:47 PM by Cheryl Shuffler

State Superintendent June Atkinson recognized Burke County Public Schools on Tuesday, Oct. 25 for having the highest graduation rate in the state for medium size school districts. Burke Middle College, Patton High School and Draughn High School were among the individual schools recognized for outstanding graduation rates at the special luncheon in Durham.

Burke County Public Schools’ graduation rate for the 2015-16 school year was 91.3 percent. The medium size districts are those with between 1,000 and 1,999 students in a graduation cohort.

Burke Middle College achieved a 100-percent graduation rate, which has been an annual occurrence for the school for all but one year since the school opened 11 years ago. For the 2015-16 school year, Patton High School had a 96.3 percent graduation rate and Jimmy C. Draughn High School had a 96.9 percent graduation rate.

Kathy Amos, Burke County Public Schools Director of Academically and Intellectually Gifted Department and the Principal of Burke Middle College, attended the statewide graduation celebration in Durham and represented Burke County Public Schools.

The state’s overall graduation rate is 85.9. State Superintendent June Atkinson said at the Oct. 25 event,  "Collectively, your efforts and those of many others across the state have helped North Carolina continue to make steady progress on the crucial goal of ensuring that all students graduate from high school – and graduate ready for the changing world that awaits them." Your schools are demonstrating that our goal can be reached." She stressed that not only are greater percentages of students graduating, but also that students are achieving at higher levels and meeting higher expectations.

"Thirty-five percent of the graduating class had college credit, 140,000 business and industry credentials were earned, and nearly 139,000 students received a diploma endorsement certifying that they achieved a high level of preparation for career, college or both," Atkinson said.

            Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Putnam said, “Our goal is to have every student who starts high school to finish it with a diploma. I am grateful for all of our principals, teachers, counselors, school support staff, parents, the community and the students for their commitment to education and the goal of graduation. I am especially proud of Burke Middle College and Patton and Draughn high schools for their outstanding graduation rates. Our students and staff consistently meet the demands of rigorous programs and are to be commended.”

Photo: State Superintendent June Atkinson and Kathy Amos, Burke County Public Schools Director of Academically and Intellectually Gifted Department and the Principal of Burke Middle College.