BCS Advantage Magazine Special Edition #1 - Page 14

THE GRADUATION INITIATIVE The Graduation Initiative began in 2006 as a partnership between Buncombe County Schools, Buncombe County Commissioners, and Eblen Charities. The Graduation Initiative is committed to examining the systemic, long-term changes in schools (K-12) that must occur to improve graduation rates. The Initiative uses data to identify areas for change and works with school leaders and staff to build capacity within schools and in the district to create this change. Among the primary areas of focus are improving attendance, helping students access credits through non-traditional means (Twilight School & Mini-mester), and supporting students at key transitions: elementary to middle school, and again from middle school to high school. BUNCOMBE COUNTY SCHOOLS 4-YEAR COHORT GRADUATION RATE DROP OUT NUMBERS 2009-10 73.1% 2009-10 355 2010-11 77.9% 2010-11 292 2011-12 80.0% 2011-12 257 2012-13 80.3% 2012-13 229 2013-14 83.2% 2013-14 225 2014-15 85.2% 2014-15 188 2015-16 85.7% Programs • Services Academics • Athletics • Arts 4-YEAR COHORT Human % Reso IN urces • Budget GRADUATION RATE s  since 2006-07 Global Education • Digital Learning S.T.E.M. • Transportation • Nutrition Graduation • Purpose & Direction 0 20  14.2 12 40 60 80 100 0 100 57 % 200 300 400 IN DROPOUT RATES since the Graduation Initiative began in 2006-07 through 2014-15 BuncombeSchools.org