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More NN students are graduating with diplomas
Overall completion rate climbs to 92.9%

(09/24/2014) -More NNPS students are graduating on-time and fewer students are dropping out of school according to data released today by the Virginia Department of Education. Newport News Public Schools' 2014 on-time graduation rate is 88%, up from 72.9% in 2008. During the same time, the dropout rate has decreased from 14.3% to 2.6%. The overall student completion rate, which includes students who have earned a diploma, a special education certificate of completion and a GED in four years, is 92.9%.

graphThe on-time graduation rate monitors a cohort of high school students entering ninth-grade and assesses the graduation and dropout rates of these students four years later. The 2014 on-time graduation and dropout rates monitored the 2014 graduate class, who entered ninth-grade in the 2010-2011 school year. Nearly 4% of the students in the 2010-2014 cohort are still enrolled in the school division, giving them an opportunity to compete graduation requirements during the 2014-2015 school year.

"We are very proud of the efforts of our students, staff and families," said Dr. Ashby Kilgore, superintendent of Newport News Public Schools. "The success of our graduation initiative and our dropout and prevention recovery program is noteworthy. More students are graduating with a diploma or completing a GED, the first step to ensure them future success."

More NNPS students are graduating on-time, earning diplomas

By keeping the focus on college and career readiness, NNPS' graduation rate has increased to 88% for 2014. In 2008, the on-time (four-year) graduation rate was 72.9% and the dropout rate was 14.3%; that same year, the school division established an award-winning dropout prevention and recovery program. The program has an array of services to help students graduate on time including high school graduation coaches who identify, mentor and develop academic plans for students at risk of not graduating; online classes and an evening high school program. Since the program's inception, over 1,050 students who had dropped out of school returned to earn a high school diploma or GED.

School Highlights:

  • An Achievable Dream High School's on-time graduation rate is 100% for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Denbigh High School's graduation is 85.2%, up from 69.5% in 2008.
  • At 88.5%, Heritage High School's graduation rate has increased nearly 15% when compared to 2008 (73.7%)
  • Menchville High School's graduation rate is 86.5%, an improvement from 73% in 2008.
  • Warwick High School's graduation rate is 84.8%, up significantly from 64.6% in 2008.
  • Woodside High School's graduation rate is 92.4%, up 9.4% when compared to 2008 (83%)

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Graduation Coaches Ensure Student Success

Graduation coaches are assigned to each high school to identify, assist, encourage, and connect students at risk of not graduating with the options and resources they need to be successful. Every student has an individualized success plan to get to graduation.

Graduation coaches assist in the successful transition of all students in Newport News Public Schools and provide early intervention services to support endangered students by:

  • Identifying seniors who have passed fewer than six Standards of Learning Tests and are endangered through absenteeism or behavioral issues
  • Identifying freshmen who need additional support during the school year and providing resources to assist them
  • Developing positive working relationships with faculty, staff, parents and community partners involved in the student's success
  • Analyzing data from standardized tests to help in planning alternative courses for endangered students
  • Maintaining and supervising tutorial programs designed to assist with the passing of SOL tests

Through innovative teaching and learning, high expectations, rigorous content and persistent support, students in Newport News Public Schools are moving beyond the minimum standards and are graduating college, career and citizen-ready.