Recently the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) released the graduation rates and Clay Community School Corporation (CCSC) was above the state average for the 2008-09 school year.
"The corporation achieved 83 percent versus the 81.5 percent for the state overall," Assistant Supt. of Curriculum Kim Tucker said. "Clay City Jr./Sr. High School achieved 94.8 percent and Northview High School achieved 80.9 percent, which is greatly improved from previous years."
Northview High School Principal Tim Rayle explained since 2006, the graduation rate has risen more than 7 percent from 73.7 percent to 80.9 percent.
"During this same time period, we have had a decrease in the number of actual dropouts from 43 dropouts in 2006 to 15 dropouts in 2009," he said. "Our administrators, teachers, students and community members should take great pride in the fact that more students than ever are graduating from (Northview)."
Clay City has also seen their graduation rate rise more than 7.5 percent since 2006 with an 87.2 percent to 94.8 percent with a 6.9 percent jump from 2007-09 academic school years.
"I am very pleased with the hard work of the faculty and staff," Principal Jeff Bell said. "This is a pretty substantial number increase, which speaks of the hard work of the students, parents and faculty."
Tucker believes some of the factors contributing to the increase in graduation rates include heightened public awareness concerning the necessity of a high school diploma.
"Parents and the community are working with school officials to keep students in school," she said.
"We are such a small school that a few students can really make a big difference," Bell added. "The faculty and staff have really been working at giving the students that extra individual attention."
According the IDOE website, during the 2008-09 academic school year there were a total of 269 graduates from CCSC with 76 achieving an honor diploma, 146 core 40 diploma and 47 regular high school diplomas.
"Part of the increase in our number of graduates and decrease in dropouts can be attributed to our commitment to providing educational opportunities for students who have not been successful in the traditional classroom," Rayle said
Both principals and Tucker credit the Cumberland Academy staff and Principal Lisa Showalter for providing educational opportunities in an environment where students from Northview and Clay City can be successful.
"Cumberland provides many students the opportunity to finish their high school education when they have not been successful in the traditional school setting," Tucker said.
NovaNet, which is offered at both high schools and Cumberland, is also credited with having an impact with students who are able to recover credits and stay on track for graduation.
Tucker also commented on a new program at Northview called Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG), which provides tutoring, post-secondary counseling and job training.
The Court Ordered Placement for Education (C.O.P.E.) Program is also having a dramatic impact by allowing students to complete daily studies.
"C.O.P.E., is having a very positive impact on the attendance and academics," Tucker said. "The program allows students to complete their homework and receive instructional assistance while serving their suspension."
Another program implemented at both high schools is READ 180.
"It is an accelerated reading program for students who require extra instructional resources to raise their achievement in language arts and reading," she said.
Tucker believes dual credit courses, which are being added each school year to help engage students and make it easier to academically and financially transition to post-secondary institutions.
"The administration and faculty within (CCSC) is continuously studying those issues which may lead to students dropping out of school including truancy, failing grades, poor achievement, lack of engagement or interest in school studies," she said. "We appreciate and encourage the cooperation of the community to help us ensure that all students stay in school and receive a quality education."
With the extra programs and continued significance of graduation being imparted upon the students both principals are determined to have their schools reach 100 percent.
"We are very pleased to see a steady increase in our graduation rate, however, we are far from satisfied," Rayle said. "In a short period of time, we have greatly increased the number of students who are graduating. We still have a lot of work to do, but we are making steady progress."
"We are striving for 100 percent," Bell added. "We are very happy with the number very proud of the number but we will continue to work at having 100 percent graduation rate."
By the numbers
The following tables outline graduation rates from the 2005-06 through 2008-09 school years for Northview and Clay City High Schools, along with comparing the state average to that for the Clay Community School Corporation (CCSC).
|Year||Northview High School||Clay City High School|
|2008-09||80.9 percent||94.8 percent|
|2007-08||80.4 percent||87.9 percent|
|2006-07||73.7 percent||87.2 percent|
|2005-06||75.1 percent||77.1 percent|
|2008-09||81.5 percent||83 percent|
|2007-08||77.8 percent||81.6 percent|
|2006-07||76.4 percent||76.8 percent|
|2005-06||76.5 percent||75.2 percent|