More than 2,900 students with­draw in 2011-12 year

293 con­sid­ered dropouts

The Covington News - - Front page - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

New­ton County School Sys­tem had more than 2,900 students with­draw from the coun­ties schools last year, 293 of which were con­sid­ered dropouts, ac­cord­ing to school re­ports.

The re­ports came af­ter a re­quest from New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Chair­man Eddie John­son to NCSS of­fi­cials.

Al­though the num­bers sound bleak, students con­sid­ered dropouts can be deemed so for some­thing as se­ri­ous as ex­pul­sion or in­car­cer­a­tion, or if they have a se­ri­ous ill­ness, move with­out telling the school sys­tem or join the mil­i­tary.

Students are con­sid­ered with­drawn for a num­ber of rea­sons as well, con­sid­er­ing le­gal rea­sons, death, home study or trans­fer — to an out-of-state school, pri­vate school, dif­fer­ent sys­tem or home school.

In el­e­men­tary school, 1,317 students were with­drawn across the 13 in the county. There were 624 students with­drawn from the five mid­dle schools and 875 students from the three high schools, 190 of which were con­sid­ered dropouts.

Al­covy High had 370 students with­drawn and 92 dropouts; East­side had 177 with­drawn and 26 dropouts and New­ton had 328 students with­drawn and 72 dropouts.

The school sys­tem re­ports its with­drawal in­for­ma­tion to the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion each year.

Ear­lier this year, the state an­nounced a new method of cal­cu­la­tion grad­u­a­tion rates. Un­der the new four-year co­hort grad­u­a­tion sys­tem, New­ton County’s grad­u­a­tion num­bers dropped 20 per­cent to a dis­mal 64.14 per­cent in the 2010-11 school year.

Grad­u­a­tion num­bers from the 2011-12 have not been re­leased yet.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to pre­vent chil­dren from drop­ping out of school, visit boostup.org or contact an area school.

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