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New Hanover County Schools Shows Improvement in Drop-Out Rate

District Drop-Out Rate Reaches 1.32% vs. State’s 2.18%


The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has announced the dropout rates for public school districts across the state. New Hanover County Schools’ drop-out rate for the past school year continues to improve as it has for the past four consecutive years. The drop rate for NHCS is 1.32% for the 2017-2018 academic year, which is a decrease from the previous year's rate of 1.48%.

NHCS has shown consistent improvement in the overall drop-out rate over the past several years. The chart below shows the progression:

2015-2016 = 1.65%

2014-2015 = 1.92%

2013-2014 = 2.88%

"This year continues our five-year trend of reducing the drop-out rate. When combined with the increasing graduation rate for all students, this is proof that the hard work of our principals and staffs is making a positive difference. We still have improvements to make, but I am encouraged that we are moving in the right direction," Dr. Tim Markley, NHCS Superintendent, stated.

Dr. Sherry Pinto, NHCS’ Drop Out Prevention Supervisor, leads the district’s Drop Out Prevention Committee. When asked about the continued improvements in the area of drop-out prevention, she said, “We as a district and as dropout prevention teams, collaborating especially at the secondary level, have worked especially hard in the area of early warning and intervention processes. With the help of our monthly meetings and our district-wide transition documents, we are able to better identify students as being “at-risk” earlier than ever, and then provide needed guidance, strategies, and services to keep them on track to graduate on time with their cohort.”