• A release from the Charlton County Board of Education

The Class of 2019 at Charlton County High School had the highest CCHS graduation rate in its history since graduation rates began being monitored. Among the nine high schools in the Okefenokee Regional Educational Services Agency (RESA) area, Charlton recorded the second highest graduation rate trailing only Bacon County High School.  The Okefenokee RESA includes schools in Ware, Charlton, Clinch, Atkinson, Pierce, Brantley, Coffee, and Bacon counties. The CCHS rate for 2019 was 90.8 percent and exceeds the state average of 82 percent.  

The federal Department of Education requires school systems to disaggregate data among subgroups of student populations.  For all students the graduation rate was 90.8 percent but when the data are disaggregated for black students, CCHS has the highest graduation rate in the entire Okefenokee RESA area.  The graduation rate for black students at CCHS was 94.9 percent compared to the state average of 79.6 percent.

The increase in graduation rates for CCHS reveals significant progress over the past few years. In 2017, the graduation rate for all students was 72.6 percent. The graduation rate is determined by the number of students graduating with a regular education diploma and students’ progress is tracked during their four years of high school beginning with the freshman year.

Mr. Danny McCoy, CCHS principal expressed his pleasure with the results.  “I am extremely pleased with the graduation rate of the Class of 2019. It says alot for the class itself, but it is also a testament to the hard work of the teachers, administrators, and especially the graduation specialist at CCHS. And, it’s not just the teachers at the high school, it is a system wide effort beginning in pre-kindergarten.  All of our teachers and staff members are to be commended.”

CCHS has implemented several initiatives to help improve the graduation rate.  Students are given many credit recovery options including summer school, and computer-based/online credit programs.  In addition, teachers have volunteered before, during, and after school to help struggling students.  The school also closely monitors student attendance and behavior as these are indicators that contribute to a poor graduation rate.  

Superintendent Dr. John Lairsey also expressed his satisfaction with the graduation rate results.  “It is gratifying to see the rate of improvement concerning the graduation rate at CCHS.  The faculty, staff, and students are all making an outstanding effort at helping students graduate from high school.  We all know how important a high school diploma is in regards to future success.”