NHPS Graduates 1,027 Seniors; 80% Going on to College!

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June 20, 2013
 
 
NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS GRADUATES 1,027 SENIORS AS THE CLASS OF 2013; 80% OF GRADUATES GOING ON TO COLLEGE
 
New Haven Public Schools on Thursday held commencement ceremonies for seven high schools across the city and honored the accomplishments of 1,027 students who worked hard in school to earn diplomas. This year, 80 percent of graduates have plans to attend two-year or four-year colleges or universities in the fall.
 
“I am so proud of the accomplishments of this year’s graduates. Their passion and determination to succeed has paid off and the door to a bright future is wide open,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo. “I urge our graduates to use their diploma as a launching pad. Make this just the beginning. Take this achievement and build on it to create a better life for themselves and their family, and the community. Congratulations.”
 
On Thursday, graduations were held for James Hillhouse High School, High School in the Community, Hyde School of Health Sciences and Sports Medicine, Metropolitan Business Academy, New Haven Academy, the Sound School and Wilbur Cross High School. Graduation ceremonies for Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School and Hill Regional Career High School will be held Monday.
 
Students who applied for the New Haven Promise scholarship will learn of their awards in July. New Haven Promise is the city’s landmark college scholarship and support program. Scholarships provide up to full tuition to in-state public colleges and universities or up to $2,500 at private colleges for students who live in New Haven, attend New Haven public schools and have good grades and good behavior.
 
At the end of the third year of New Haven School Change, the district continues making progress toward its goals of raising student achievement to at least the state average, raising the graduation rate and reducing the dropout rate, and ensuring every graduate has the tools and knowledge to succeed in college, career and life.
 
In 2012, the four-year high school graduation rate increased for the fourth year in a row, up six percentage points to 70.5 percent, a clear sign of progress toward achieving School Change goals. The district also saw a decrease in its dropout rate of 4.2 percentage points, down to 21 percent. The graduation rate for 2013 will be released later this year.
 
 
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