Thomas County Central High had one of its highest graduation rates in the past eight years.
School administrators say passing the graduation test was the key to its success. All year, they identified students who were at high risk of failing and offered them outside tutoring at no charge. Seventy-two of the eighty-five students passed the test.
Principal Joe Sharp at Thomas County Central High says, "The school has never had a rate above 80 percent since the no child left behind was enacted. So, we are very excited about that. We know we have a lot of more work to do and will do better. Our teachers work extremely hard and our students are focused."
Graduation rates among African American students were 12 percent higher this year, among economically disadvantaged students they were 13 percent higher. The graduation rate among special needs students was a 26 percent higher.