The West Virginia Department of Education has released graduation rates for every public high school in state, including those in Cabell County.
For the most recent school year, Cabell Midland High School saw a 5.64 percentage increase in its graduation rate, rising from 89.6% at the end of the 2017-2018 school year to 95.24% at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
Huntington High School also saw a significant gain, with a 7.44 percentage increase in its graduation rate, rising from 74.59% at the end of the 2017-2018 school year to 82.03% at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
For the purpose of graduation rate calculation, students attending the Cabell County Career Technology Center and Crossroads Academy are counted with their “home” high school peers.
“Not only are these record-setting increases for the district, they also represent the highest graduation rates in the history of each high school since graduation rate data has been reported,” says Cabell County Schools Superintendent Ryan Saxe. “These increased rates represent numerous struggling students who have found success by completing their required credits and earning a diploma. It’s just awesome!”
Superintendent Saxe says he is not only proud of the students for what he calls a “life-changing accomplishment,” but he adds he is “beyond proud” of district and school administrators and each school’s teaching and counseling staffs for their “relentless work” to ensure more students were successful and graduated last school year.
“I issued a challenge to our secondary staff to provide every support our students needed in order to graduate and they have come through with flying colors. They have found innovative ways to support students, utilized our newly-added social workers and other district supports, and even organized our first-ever summer school graduation. All that effort has clearly paid off in helping more of our students achieve. There can be no greater sense of fulfillment for our dedicated, professional educators.”