Henderson County Early College, West Henderson High School, and Hendersonville High School were three of 70 North Carolina schools recognized for their exceptionally high 2015-16 cohort graduation rates by State Superintendent June Atkinson on Tuesday, October 25th, at a special ceremony in Durham.

Early College was one of 62 schools in North Carolina with a four-year cohort graduation rate of 100% in 2015-16. West Henderson High, with a rate of 96.7%, and Hendersonville High, with a rate of 95.6%, were among high schools in North Carolina recognized for achieving a cohort graduation rate of 95% or higher.

A four-year cohort graduation rate measures the number of graduates who started together as freshmen and completed high school in four years.

This is the second year in a row that Early College has been in the state’s “100% Graduation Club,” and the second year in a row West Henderson High has been recognized for a graduation rate of 95% or higher. All three high schools outperformed the state average graduation rate of 85.9% in 2016.

“Henderson County Public Schools are committed to educating leaders who are college-ready and prepared for the real world after high school,” said HCPS Superintendent Bo Caldwell. “We’re very proud of our consistently high graduation rates, which are testaments to the efforts of our students and teachers.”

According to a N.C. Department of Public Instruction news release, the state’s cohort graduation rate has climbed significantly from 68.3% in 2006, and students statewide are meeting higher expectations and achieving at higher levels. “Thirty-five% of the graduating class has college credit, 140,000 business and industry credentials were earned, and nearly 139,000 students received a diploma endorsement certifying that they achieved a high level of preparation for career, college or both,” Atkinson said in the NCDPI release.