Northeast High meets state graduation rate, shining positive light on East Macon

Northeast High School meets the state's graduation rate of 81.6-percent. Last year, the school had a 80.6-percent rate.

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The success rate of high school students graduating is on the rise in the Peach State this year. That’s according to the latest numbers released by the State Superintendent’s Office. The state average this year is 81.6-percent.

The Bibb County School District is sitting just below the state average at 78.5-percent. However, some schools are beating the odds and succeeding. Northeast High School is proud to say it’s excelling.

“They just thought that the education here was nowhere that you can send your kid. Now, they see an increase in graduation rates and people are starting to respect us more. So now it’s like ‘Oh wow, Northeast has the smarts not just the street,'” senior at Northeast Sadaja Price said.

With hard work from both teachers and students it’s helped make the graduation rate increase.

“When they walk across the stage, that student represents 13 teachers, 13 years of teachers that have successfully poured into those students. When you see that graduation rate go up, it’s a shout-out to the whole East Macon community,” Principal Steven Jones said.

The school’s rate is the same as the state’s 81.6 rating. Last year, Northeast saw an 80.6 average. The biggest resource Jones says is the kind of work taught in the classroom.

“Working on developing more rigorous classrooms, meaning their work and content students get actually prepares students for college without needing remediation or assistance in their entry-level classes in college,” Jones said.

Senior at Northeast Te’yoan Hill says there’s finally a positive light shown in East Macon.

“We always have negative reviews from the east side. That’s why we’re trying to step it up. East side out loud,” Hill said.

Jones says they focus a lot on the freshmen. It’s a transitional year for them. He says they don’t grasp the concept of transcripts and GPA so he’s working on keeping them on track.

Jones says as a whole, the district is down but adds every school is making great strides to improve the number of students graduating.

Superintendent Curtis Jones says their graduation rate goal is 80-percent for 2019.