SFHS gets tip of hat for turnaround

Jack LattaStaff Writer

September 4, 2012

HI HAT — South Floyd High School made dramatic improvements in its graduation rate between the 2009 and 2011 school years, prompting an announcement last week by the Floyd County School superintendent congratulating the school.

Superintendent Henry Webb said South Floyd ranks in the top 10 in the state for improving graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year using the Average Freshman Graduation Rates (AFGR).

“South Floyd High went from a 64.2 percent graduation rate for 2009-10 to 99.4 percent for 2010-11. That is phenomenal growth and it didn’t happen without a team working intentionally to do what it takes for KIDS,” said Webb.

Webb says that the team at South Floyd, with district support, visited homes talking to students who may have previously dropped out of school, showing them opportunities missed without their high school diploma.

“Some of these students returned to school while others took advantage of the evening school program at Renaissance Learning Center (RLC). South Floyd transitioned some kids who were academically behind to RLC and adopted the ‘name and claim’ approach where they always remember the name and the kid that these numbers are associated with.”

“Building relationships, making connections, and providing opportunities with support enabled SFHS to turn around their graduation rate,” said Webb.