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School District Graduation Rate Continues to Surpass the State

The Caldwell County Board of Education recently recognized the Early College High School and the Caldwell Career Center Middle College for turning the tassel on 100 percent of their graduates in 2018.

The four-year cohort graduation rate calculated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction indicated that not only did two of Caldwell County’s high schools reach 100 percent graduation, but that the number of students graduating from the Caldwell County School System on time in four years continued to exceed the state graduation rate, a trend that has continued for a decade.

The 2017-2018 school district graduation rate is 88.5%, better than the state’s 85.3 percent. By 2008, the school district began seeing its graduation rate surpass the North Carolina rate.

"Raising the graduation rate begins as early as Pre-K,” said Superintendent Dr. Donald Phipps.  “This school district has spent years of hard work and persistence in identifying strategies and programs to keep students from dropping out, and teachers and staff are to be commended. We will continue to build on that foundation and offer relevant courses and opportunities that meet the interests of our students while working diligently with parents and the community to educate the entire family on the importance of graduating from high school.”

The Early College and Middle College high schools, located on the local community college campus, are both innovative high schools that are designed for smaller grade levels in comparison to the traditional student population at Hibriten, South Caldwell and West Caldwell high schools. Students at the Early College and Middle College are more likely to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree from Caldwell Community College. The 100 percent graduation designation has been awarded to the Early College High School four out of the last five years, and the Caldwell Career Center Middle College has been recognized three times previously as well. Below is a chart of the Caldwell County Schools graduation rate since 2007-2008 school year:

Graduation Rate

Caldwell

North Carolina

2017-2018

88.5%

86.3%

2016-2017

90%

86.5%

2015-2016

90.8%

85.8%

2014-2015

90.6%

85.4%

2013-2014

90.9%

83.8%

2012-2013

89.4%

82.5%

2011-2012

84.6%

80.4%

2010-2011

81.4%

77.9%

2009-2010

75.3%

74.2%

2008-2009

72.5%

71.8%

2007-2008

68.5%

70.3%


Since 2007, the percentage of students graduating from high school in Caldwell County in four years or less has risen 20 percentage points – from 68.5 percent to 88.5 percent.

Beginning in 2002, school districts in North Carolina have been tracking each ninth grader as he or she moves through high school. This record keeping provides the state with an accurate count of four- and five-year graduation rates. The graduation rate for all school districts in North Carolina can be found online at ncpublicschools.org.