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According to data released by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) today, Newton County School System’s 2014 four-year cohort graduation rate increased by four percent this year, moving from 73 percent in 2013 to 77 percent in 2014. The district’s graduation rate is four points higher than the state’s 73 percent graduation rate.

The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student first becomes a freshman. The rate is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers.

Graduation rates for the schools are listed below:

2014 GRAD.
Alcovy High
 74%  75%  +1
Eastside High
 88%  86%  -2
Newton High
 72%  80%  +8
 73%  77%  +4
 State  72%  73%  +1


In addition to the district, all three high schools individually surpassed Georgia’s graduation rate this year. Alcovy High School’s graduation rate increased by one percent in 2014 and Newton High School’s graduation rate improved by eight percent. Eastside High School saw a slight decrease of two percent in 2014.

“We are very pleased that we have improved our graduation rate and outperformed the state in the process,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent of Newton County Schools. “We aren’t where we want to be but we are definitely heading in the right direction. Our goal is to continue to improve the rate at which our students graduate with an ultimate goal of having every student graduate from high school. We have our work cut out for us, but I believe our students, teachers, and leaders are up to the challenge.”

Fuhrey added, “I encourage all Newton County students to stay in school and graduate on time. Life beyond high school tends to be much more challenging when students leave school without their diplomas. We stand prepared to help our students reach this most important milestone.”

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools, at