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Toss the caps: Union County, area schools get grad-rate awards

North Mecklenburg High graduates celebrate. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
North Mecklenburg High graduates celebrate. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Union County Public Schools had the highest graduation rate of any large district in North Carolina, with 93 percent of its 2,963 potential grads getting their diploma on time last year.

And Newton-Conover City Schools in Catawba County topped the entire state, with a 97 percent graduation rate for its 206 seniors.

State Superintendent June Atkinson honored those districts and several high schools in the Charlotte region in Durham Tuesday. In 2015 North Carolina reached an overall graduation rate of 85.6 percent, the highest since the state started using the current tracking method.

Several small specialized high schools hit 100 percent, including Levine Middle College and the Marie G. Davis Military/Leadership Academy in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High; Highland School of Technology in Gaston County; Collaborative College for Technology and Leadership in Iredell-Statesville Schools; and Central Academy of Technology and Arts and Union County Early College in Union County.

Union County’s Weddington and Marvin Ridge high schools were the top two among schools with 300 to 399 possible graduates, at 99.7 percent and 99.5 percent, respectively.

Providence High in CMS topped the 400 to 499 group with a graduation rate of 97.8 percent. Ardrey Kell High, also in CMS, was second among schools with 500 or more potential grads, with a 97.1 percent rate.

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms

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