Pender Early College High School was honored on Oct. 25 during an awards luncheon celebrating the performance of schools with the highest graduation rates of 2016 and the state’s 10 years of progress helping more students earn a diploma.
Dr. Edith Skipper, Principal at Pender Early College, said that while Pender Early College achieved a 100 percent graduation rate in 2016, the accomplishment was made possible thanks to dedicated staff throughout the district.
“Our success is determined not only by the staff and students of Pender Early College, but it is also a great testament to the work of educators across Pender County,” Dr. Skipper said. “The focus to graduate begins in preschool and high school graduation rates are a culmination of the work at every level.”
The state’s four-year cohort graduation rate has climbed from 68.3 percent in 2006, when North Carolina first adopted the outcome measure, to 85.9 percent in 2016.
State Superintendent June Atkinson recognized 12 districts and 70 individual high schools during the event, held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center near Research Triangle Park. The schools and districts are among the state’s largest and smallest and stretch from the Tennessee border to the Outer Banks.
“Collectively, your efforts and those of many others across the state have helped North Carolina continue to make steady progress on the crucial goal of ensuring that all students graduate from high school – and graduate ready for the changing world that awaits them,” Atkinson told school leaders at the event. “Your schools are demonstrating that our goal can be reached.”
She stressed that not only are greater percentages of students graduating, but also that students are achieving at higher levels and meeting higher expectations.
Pender Early College Principal Dr. Edith Skipper, right, receives a certificate of achievement from State Superintendent June Atkinson.