Hampton City Schools improves graduation rate by nearly 19 percent since 2008, improving nearly three percent in the past year
Hampton City Schools improved its on-time graduation rate nearly three percent between 2015 and 2016. The 2016 on-time graduation rate is 90.7 percent, representing a 2.7 percent increase when compared to 2015 rates.
Hampton’s on-time graduation rate has increased 18.7 percent since 2008. The dropout rates decreased from 5.1 percent in 2015 to 2.8 percent
During the 2015-16 school year, Hampton City Schools further refined the framework of interventions and supports to keep students in school and engaged in their learning. PreK-12 Response to Intervention implementation has resulted in school teams identifying students earlier to provide effective intervention and support services. This data-driven approach helps school teams provide early prevention and intervention to get students back on track, resulting in improved promotion and graduation rates.
HCS also held a graduation symposium last January to engage local organizations that provide direct services to youth from pre-school to postsecondary and their familiies, along with PreK-12 educators, administrators, and counselors from all Hampton schools.
“We recognize that dropping out of school is a gradual process that often begins in elementary or middle school,” said Dr. Donna Woods, executive director of school leadership. “The symposium increased the collective awareness of the current needs of our schools and students in order to engage internal and external partners to the action planning to increase the number of our students who graduate on time.”
Currently, Hampton has more than 20 community partners working directly to support students graduating on time, representing 14 non-profit organizations. The community partners created practical and effective approaches to solving the problem through applying creative solutions, seizing opportunities, sharing resources to address the immediate needs of the 2016 cohort of Hampton students most at-risk of not graduating with their class.
“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 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.”
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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