NEW HAVEN GRADUATES 1,061 SENIORS AS THE CLASS OF 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2014
 
 
NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS GRADUATES 1,061 SENIORS AS THE CLASS OF 2014; 83% OF GRADUATES GOING ON TO COLLEGE
 
On Monday and Tuesday, New Haven Public Schools held commencement ceremonies for nine high schools across the city and honored the accomplishments of 1.061 students who worked hard in school to earn diplomas. This year, 83 percent of graduates have plans to attend two-year or four-year colleges or universities in the fall.
 
“Congratulations to all of our graduates for rising up to this day. Our students have worked hard and shown passion and perseverance in the face of challenges. This city and this school district join your families and friends in celebrating your accomplishments and we all stand behind you as you pursue new goals in college, career and life. You are this city’s greatest asset. We are infinitely proud of you,” Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries said.
 
On Monday evening graduations were held for Wilbur Cross High School, High School in the Community, New Haven Academy, the Sound School, Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, and Hill Regional Career High School,. Graduation ceremonies for James Hillhouse High School, Hyde School of Health Sciences and Sports Medicine, and Metropolitan Business Academy were held on Tuesday.
 
Students who applied for the New Haven Promise scholarship will learn of their awards this summer. 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 fourth year of New Haven School Change, the district continues making progress toward its goals of dramatically improving student achievement, 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 2013, the four-year high school graduation rate increased for the fifth year in a row, up to 71.4 percent, a clear sign of progress toward achieving School Change goals. The graduation rate for 2014 will be released later this year once the district and the state have worked together to determine the appropriate cohort.