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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
in 2016.

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.”

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The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.

Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing,, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

·      A description of the accessibility concern or question;

·      The webpage address of the requested material;

·      The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;

·      The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.

Some documents on the website are in a portable document format (PDF).  The Adobe website provides a free service to convert Acrobat PDF files to other formats, including text and HTML.  Adobe’s web-based tool will quickly change an Acrobat file into an HTML file or textile.  The online PDF conversion form is available on the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat.  With this tool, users can read PDF files with a screen reader.  Adobe and the Trace Research Center also offer a free Acrobat conversion service that converts PDF files to text or HTML format by sending a user’s request via email.  All individuals with internet service can access the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat PDF website.


HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


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