The Elkin City Schools ranked ninth in the state for having the highest four-year cohort graduation rate among all districts and schools in 2014-15.
Elkin High School had 87 seniors who graduated last year with a cohort graduation rate of 92 percent. The cohort graduation rate includes seniors who started at the school as freshmen and remained until they graduated.
The Elkin City Schools was among 11 school districts and 60 high schools honored in Raleigh Tuesday by State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson.
“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,” Atkinson said in a press release. “Their dedication and tenacity enabled the state to reach the all-time graduation rate of 85.6 in 2014-15.
“As we honor the schools and districts that do an exceptional job keeping students in school and on track for graduation, I am hopeful these award winners will continue to share best practices and serve as models for districts and schools across the state.”
Elkin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe represented the school system at the luncheon along with Elkin High School Principal Joel Hoyle and Elkin City Schools Teacher of the Year Nicki Hiatt, a math teacher at the high school. A plaque was awarded to the school system for its high ranking.
Bledsoe said of the recognition, “Our staff at Elkin High School and Elkin Middle and Elkin Elementary are all to be commended for their work to keep students engaged in their learning. Our graduation rate represents the efforts of our students, parents and community in ensuring that every student is prepared for college and careers.
“We are proud of our community as this represents six of the past seven years that our district has been ranked in the top 10 school districts with the highest graduation rates. Our ranking has been as high as No. 1.”
Bledsoe said the school system’s goal “is to improve our graduation rate next year as our teachers work tirelessly to engage the students in classroom learning.”
Elkin High School Principal Joel Hoyle said the school’s ranking “is a testament to not only our students but our staff, our teachers, the parents, our whole community and the dedication that they have to see that all of our students are successful.” The principal also attributed the ranking to the personal interest that teachers and staff take in the students to ensure that they graduate.
As the school system’s Teacher of the Year, Hiatt was invited to accompany Bledsoe and Hoyle at the recognition luncheon. “It’s definitely a great honor for the school system to have high graduation rates,” she said.
Hiatt said she felt very proud to be a part of the school system.
Kathy Chaffin can be reached at 336-258-4058.