NHS, CCHS graduation rates on the rise

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Both Clay County high schools are watching graduation rates increase.

"The faculty and staff have done a lot of work to improve the graduation rate," Northview High School Principal Tim Rayle told The Brazil Times.

The graduation rate for the 2006-07 school year was 73.67 percent. However, the numbers have jumped dramatically to 80.04 percent.

"Through our school improvement plan we have adopted different techniques," he said. "We use accreditation and differentiated instruction as well as a constant update of other classroom strategies to ensure the best possible education for our students."

Rayle also credits the success to NovaNET, the web-based program that is used to individualize class work for students to do at their own pace.

"NovaNET has helped a lot," he said. "Students have choices and options, and we are able to teach them."

Rayle reports that more than 95 percent of the 2009 senior class is still in school, and more than 99 percent of the 2010 class is still in school.

In the southern half of the county Clay City is also celebrating.

"We are very happy with the results," Clay City Junior/Senior High School Principal Jeff Bell told The Brazil Times. "We (the faculty) will keep working with the students and keep trying to meet our goals."

The 2006-07 graduation rate for CCHS was 87.2 percent and the 2007-08 was 87.8 percent.

"Our goal is to improve, improve, improve. As long as we do that then we will continue to do great and get better," he said.

Bell also wanted to make sure the teachers received their congratulations.

"The teachers and guidance department have done a great job, and the hard work is showing," Bell said. "Every student is important to us individually and we do everything we can to meet those needs."

Both schools are looking to the future and are hoping they will be able to reach 100 percent in the rate.

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