Camden still tops soaring state graduation rate (Camden, Ga.)

Date: October 29, 2010

Statistics released this week by the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) show the state’s graduation rate is now up to 80.8 percent,  and Georgia’s Camden County Schools have improved their graduation rate from an all-time low of 50 percent in 1999 to 85.1 percent last year. Camden County High School Principal John Tucker attributes the success to a number of factors, including Camden’s career academy, Ombudsman program and freshman transition center.

From the Tribune & Georgian:

Tucker said Camden County had a graduation rate in the range of 50 percent just 10 years ago.

CCHS also has a ninth-grade center helping freshmen make the transition into high school.

Camden County’s dropout rate, 2.5 percent, is also below the state average, which was 3.56 percent last year.

Tucker believes there are several dynamics involved in the system’s improvements in retaining and graduation students.

“The community/parent influence on the students that go here is a factor for us,” Tucker said. “We have the career academy in place.”

“We have the Ombudsman program,”Tucker said. “Over 100 students attend that program. That gives them flexible hours to attend school.”

Read the full article here.

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