According to data released by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), Newton County School System’s (NCSS) four-year cohort graduation rate remained steady at 83 percent in 2017. The district’s graduation rate is approximately two points higher than the state’s 81 percent graduation rate.

The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student first becomes a freshman. The rate is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers.

Graduation rates for the schools, district, and state, are listed below:

Alcovy High 75% 82% 80% 82%
Eastside High 86% 86% 91% 90%
Newton High 80% 82% 83% 82%
NCSS 77% 81% 83% 83%
State 73% 79% 79% 81%

Alcovy High School’s graduation rate increased by two points this year, going from 80 percent in 2016 to 82 percent this year. Eastside High School and Newton High School each saw a slight decrease of one point in 2017. All three high schools outperformed the state’s 81 percent graduation rate.

“Congratulations to our students, parents, teachers, and leaders for their hard work, ” said Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent of Newton County School System. “The high school team continues to work diligently to ensure students are graduating on time, well-prepared for life beyond high school. I am proud of the Alcovy High School team as they posted an increase in their graduation rate.  While Eastside and Newton High Schools’ graduation rates fluctuated slightly, I am confident that both teams are committed to achieving our system goal. We are dedicated to reaching our goal of 100 percent of Newton County School System students graduating within four years; we will not be fully satisfied until we reach that goal.”

For more information, contact Dr. Allison Jordan, NCSS Director of Testing, Research, and Evaluation, at