Henry County's On-Time Graduation Rate Rises to 88.3%

October 12, 2011

Henry County’s On-Time Graduation Rate rose 4.6 points this year to 88.3 percent, and the number of advanced studies diplomas received by Henry County graduates increased five points to 41 percent. 

The Virginia Department of Education releases annual On-Time Graduation Rates for each of the Commonwealth's 132 school districts.  Beginning with the students who entered the ninth grade in 2004-05, Virginia began tracking individual students over the four years of a traditional high school career to determine the percentage who graduate on time.  The 2011 Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate is calculated this way: The number of students who earned a diploma in 2011 is divided by the number of students who entered the ninth grade for the first time in 2007-08 (plus transfers in and minus transfers out).   

Henry County’s VA On-Time Graduation Rate has increased by thirteen points since 2008, the first year VDOE reported graduation rates for school divisions.    

The percentage of Henry County students graduating with an Advanced Studies diploma has increased each year and for the first time has exceeded the number of Standard Diplomas awarded.   

“Awarding more Advanced Studies Diplomas is a significant accomplishment for our school division.  After thirteen years with us, our students are leaving Bassett and Magna Vista high schools with an exemplary education that has prepared them for excellence, not only in the classroom, but in the world as they enter college, the military, and the workforce,” said Dr. David Martin, Acting Superintendent. 

Of the 583 students in the 2011 cohort, 515, or 88.3 percent, earned a Board of Education approved diploma.· 

241, or 41 percent, earned an Advanced Studies Diploma;· 

234, or 40 percent, earned a Standard Diploma;· 

29, or 5 percent, earned a Modified Standard Diploma;

and· 11, or 2 percent, earned a Special Diploma.

Modified Standard Diplomas and Special Diplomas are available only to students with disabilities. 

High school cohort reports for schools, school divisions, and the commonwealth are available for viewing and downloading in the Virginia School Report Card section of the VDOE website.  This link is also available on the HCPS web page. 

Melany Reeves Stowe
Henry County Public Schools
Communication Coordinator
Vision: Henry County Public Schools where critical thinking is expected,
creativity is nurtured, technology and innovation are embraced, and learning
is celebrated.
Mission:  Henry County Public Schools, a high-performing school division,
provides all students with an exemplary education in a safe, supportive
environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation, and excellence.


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