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Henry County Schools Maintains High Graduation Rate

Submission Date: September 19, 2019

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161, john.hardin@henry.k12.ga.us

(Release # 0005-09-18)

 2019 Graduation Rate - 5% Higher Than the State Average

Henry County Schools Maintains High Graduation Rate

District has nine schools with higher average than state 

HENRY COUNTY, GA – The graduation rate in Henry County Schools continues to exceed the state rate and remains near the top among the ten largest districts in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Education released the 2018-19 graduation rate for schools and districts in Georgia on Wednesday.  Henry County Schools’ latest 4-year graduation rate of 87.0 percent ranks above the state average by five percentage points and is tied for the fourth-highest performance when stacked against all 10 of the largest systems in the state.

“We are proud of the hard work of our students as well as our employees in ensuring students reach their goal of graduation,” said Board Chair Josh Hinton.  “While our graduating class enrollment numbers continue to climb and the standards to graduate continue to increase, the Henry County Board of Education is committed to maintaining a high graduation rate and certifying that a Henry County diploma means effective preparation for post-secondary and workforce options.”

Also compared to the state, 9 out of 10 individual high schools achieved a graduation rate above the state average of 82.0 percent.  The nine schools averaged nearly seven percentage points higher on their rates than that of the state average.

Four high schools in the district topped the 90.0 percent graduation rate mark this year.  Ola and Union Grove high schools repeated their high-mark performance at 94.0 and 93.8 percent, respectively, while Dutchtown and Woodland high schools both moved their graduation rates above 90.0 percent this past school year.  Dutchtown High School’s rate was 91.2 percent and Woodland High School’s rate was 91.9 percent.

There were five schools that saw increases to their 4-year graduation rates in 2019.  Henry County High School, before transitioning to McDonough High School, had the largest gains in the district at an increase of 4.2 percentage points.  Woodland High School had the second-highest increase to their rate over last year by 3.4 percentage points.

Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis shared how pleased she was with the latest district performance indicator and noted that it takes a unified, collective effort to increase the graduation rate.

“With our district experiencing great gains in the recent release of Georgia Milestones Assessment performance, we are pleased to also see our graduation rate closely maintained from last year,” said Davis. “The Henry County community, our team of employees, our families, and our students are unified by the commitment to grow graduation rates as a reflection of a high-quality K-12 education in Henry County Schools.”

Hinton added, “Our school district has consistently produced one of the highest graduation rates in the state while being among the top 10 largest districts.  With the recent trends in student performance in our district, including graduation rate, our school community has a lot to be proud of and look forward to.”

The following chart represents 4-year graduation rates for 2019:

 2019 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate  

You can find out more about Henry County Schools at www.henry.k12.ga.us.

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Image – Graduation rate chart for Henry County high schools, as well as district and state graduation rates.