Outstanding news for the Elbert County Comprehensive High School was released earlier this week.
Not too far removed from the graduation ceremonies for the class of 2013, the high school received the final graduation rate for 2012 on Tuesday.
Elbert County registered an 88.46% graduation rate for 2012, which is the highest ever the in high school’s history.
The new mark dwarfs 2011’s rate of 77.55%, which at the time, was the schools best rate.
Elbert County School Superintendent Rick Higginbotham could not be happier with the results.
“I’m just ecstatic over that, over the fact that our high school continues to increase the number of students that are graduating year in and year out”, said Higginbotham. “That has a positive impact on this community because ever additional student we get to graduate gives them a chance to be a productive member of our community.”
He attributes the increased numbers to several different initiatives, including the Net book and One to One programs.
Higginbotham mentions that as new technology is incorporated, it helps students grasp the material better.
“The use of that technology engages students and teachers slowly learning how to incorporate technology into the curriculum so that students can use the technology for real word applications, and really learn and master the standards”, said Higginbotham.
He also says that by far the most important reason behind the improved numbers is the faculty, staff, and administrators that believe they should do whatever it takes to help every child succeed.
Out of over six hundred different public schools in the State of Georgia, Elbert County ranks fifty-sixth; and in the Northeast Georgia and surrounding county area, Elbert County ranks fourth out of twenty-two schools.