Hampton City Schools posts highest graduation rate, lowest dropout rate since 2008
Hampton City Schools’ Class of 2017 posted the highest division on-time graduation rate and the lowest dropout rate since 2008, the year the Virginia Department of Education initiated cohort-based calculations for graduation and dropout rates.
The Virginia Department of Education reported 91.4% of Hampton’s 2017 graduates earned their diplomas in four years, surpassing the statewide average. This represents a .73% increase when compared to last year and a 19.44% increase since 2008. The 2017 dropout rate is 2.59% (39 dropouts), reflecting a .20% decrease when compared to 2016 and 7.5% lower when compared to 2008.
“Our goal is for our students to graduate from our high schools ready for college, career and life, and we are pursuing more opportunities, including dual enrollment, project based learning, focused pathways and career academies, to ensure our students have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed,” said Dr. Donna Woods, executive director of school leadership (for the high schools).
“The increased graduation rates are reflective of the effective efforts of our graduation specialists, teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, and community partners to ensure that students graduate and are ready for lifelong learning, careers, and life,” said Superintendent Dr. Jeffery Smith.
The Division reiterated that the work of The Academies of Hampton to transform all high schools will positively impact the graduation rate. Through The Academies of Hampton, Hampton City Schools is committed to providing students more of the advanced skills they need to be productive, engaged, and successful citizens in college, career, and life. The Academies enable students to learn through the lens of a career or academic theme in a relevant, hands-on learning environment with real-world application and experiences.
Each Academy provides a highly personalized, small learning community, where students learn English, science, math, and social studies within the theme of their Academy. Through their Academy experiences, students are exposed to a multitude of careers and opportunities, industry skills, and potential employers by way of classroom speakers, site visits, job shadowing, and internships.
“The current effort to transform the high school learning experience around multiple pathways to graduation based on relevant, personalized, work-based learning experiences will result in continual improvement of graduation rates,” Smith continued.
In addition to a broad array of supports at our traditional high schools, Hampton's Campus at Lee offers additional support for students who prefer a less traditional learning environment or need a more flexible learning schedule. Each year, 2 to 4 percent of cohort graduates earned their diplomas through alternative learning programs such as the Performance Learning Center or e-Learning program at the Campus at Lee.
HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000.
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