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Class of 2020 Raises Bar with Increase to HCS Graduation Rate

Submission Date: November 10, 2020

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161,

(Release # 0028-11-2020)


HCS 2020 grad rates increase

Class of 2020 Raises Bar with Increase to HCS Graduation Rate

District graduation rate reaches new high

HENRY COUNTY, GA – While it may have had the most unusual of endings, the Class of 2020 closed out last school year by pushing the Henry County Schools overall graduation rate to a new high of 88.8 percent.

The latest rate is an increase of 1.8 percentage points when compared with the previous year.  Additionally, the district graduation rate remains five percentage points above the state’s average of 83.8 and third-highest among the 10 largest districts in Georgia.

After what proved to be an unprecedented school year for all students, and especially our seniors, this news is a welcomed opportunity to celebrate their perseverance and accomplishments,” said Board Vice-Chair Holly Cobb.  “What a great way to cap off their year.”

Overall, nine out of 10 schools in the district saw increases in their graduation rates from the previous year.  Eagle’s Landing High School had the largest increase of 3.5 percentage points, moving their graduation rate up to 84.5 percent.  On average, district high schools increased their rates by 1.7 percentage points.

When compared to the state average, Henry County Schools had nine schools with graduation rates above the state average.

Also of note, there were four high schools in the district with graduation rates surpassing the 90 percent mark.  Dutchtown (91.7 percent), Ola (94.3 percent), Union Grove (96.1 percent), and Woodland (95.0 percent) high schools all maintained rates above the 90 percent threshold, with each school increasing their performance by an average of 1.6 percentage points when compared with the previous year.

Henry County Schools maintained its status as having the sixth largest class of eligible graduates with 3,662 students, while also graduating the sixth-largest amount of students.  A total of 3,252 students earned a diploma in four years.  Only Forsyth and Cherokee counties currently have a higher graduation rate when comparing the district’s performance with the 10 largest school districts in Georgia.

“We could not be more proud of last year’s seniors and the incredible work they completed to be able to graduate during a global pandemic,” said Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis.  “Our teachers and staff are proud of their work and celebrate this milestone alongside them.”

The following chart includes the rates for each school in the district:

2020 Graduation Rate  

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