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Eight Wake County schools honored for high graduation rates

East Wake High School students turn their tassels to become graduates at the Raleigh Convention Center on June 10, 2016. East Wake was among the high schools recognized by North Carolina for having a high graduation rate during the 2015-16 school year.
East Wake High School students turn their tassels to become graduates at the Raleigh Convention Center on June 10, 2016. East Wake was among the high schools recognized by North Carolina for having a high graduation rate during the 2015-16 school year. amoody@newsobserver.com

Eight high schools in Wake County are being recognized by the state for having high graduation rates this past school year.

State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson recognized 12 school districts and 70 individual high schools at a ceremony Tuesday for having the highest graduation rates in North Carolina in 2016. This group includes the Wake Early College of Health and Sciences and the Wake STEM Early College. Both Raleigh high schools had a 100 percent graduation rate.

In addition, six other schools in Wake County are among 73 schools statewide who are receiving a letter and a certificate for having a graduation rate of at least 95 percent. Those Wake schools are:

▪ East Wake Academy, a charter school in Zebulon with a 95.8 percent graduation rate;

▪ East Wake High School in Wendell with 95.7 percent graduation rate;

▪ Holly Springs High School with a 97.2 percent graduation rate;

▪ Panther Creek High School in Cary with a 97 percent graduation rate;

▪ Raleigh Charter High School with a 99.3 percent graduation rate;

▪ Vernon Malone College and Career Academy in Raleigh with a 98 percent graduation rate.

The ceremony took place amid a time in which graduation rates are at all-time high in Wake County, statewide and nationally. The graduation rate is 87.1 percent for the Wake County school system and 85.9 percent for North Carolina.

The nation’s high school graduation rate hit 83.2 percent in the 2014-15 school year, according to federal data released last week.

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