The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

September 27, 2012

ECC Early College joins ‘100% Graduation Club’


TARBORO — Edgecombe Early College High School was honored at a recognition luncheon hosted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh for having a 100 percent graduation rate.

State Supt. Dr. June Atkinson recognized each school with a plaque signifying the school’s membership in the “100% Graduation Club.” The Early College was one of 28 high schools in the state to be recognized with membership.

“North Carolina reached an all-time high school graduation rate of 80.4 percent last year and these districts and schools played a significant role in this remarkable achievement,” Atkinson said. “I commend all the superintendents, principals and teachers who worked so hard to make sure more students than ever are graduating high school prepared for college, a career and citizenship.”  

Director of Secondary Education Sherita Cobb and Dr. Katrenna Rich, principal of the Early College, attended the recognition luncheon along with Communications & Community Relations Coordinator Lauren Edmondson.

The Early College’s graduation rate is well above Edgecombe County’s overall graduation rate of 79.81 percent for the 2011-2012 school year. The school has an enrollment of 154 students and tudents at the Early College have the option of earning their high school diploma in addition to their associate’s degree in five years.