School System's Graduation Rate Second Best In Virginia

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Luray, Va. (WHSV) New data shows that more and more high school seniors in Page County are graduating on time. The school system is now ranked as having the second highest graduation rate in Virginia.

"We're really also proud that while our graduation rate has gone up, so have the number of students who have received advance studies diplomas and earned dual enrollment credits. So we feel that while our overall rate is going up, our academic performance in terms of quality is also increasing," said Donna Whitley-Smith, the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction with Page County Public Schools.

Smith thinks the increase in the on-time graduation rate is the result of hard work in the classrooms and outreach to students who needed help the most.

More than 300 students in the class of 2013, graduated from Page County's two high schools. That makes up close to 98 percent of the combined senior classes.

Smith credits the economic downturn with making it difficult for high school graduates to find jobs in Page County.

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