RRGSD Improves Graduation and Dropout Rates​​

The Roanoke Rapids Graded School District showed a significant increase in the graduation rate and an overall decrease in the number of students dropping out of school according to the latest Consolidated Data Report released this week by the The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI).  The annual report contains data and information related to school crime and violence, suspensions and expulsions, corporal punishment, student reassignments for disciplinary reasons, alternative learning placements, and dropout rates.  

RRGSD was well below the state average of violent acts with 3.5% compared to the state average of 4.2%.  

According to Superintendent Dain Butler, “Numerous efforts, initiatives, and certainly people have contributed to this success. We have focused on building strong relationships with students in every capacity, increasing student opportunities for engagement, and holding our students to high expectations. Our staff members work endlessly every day to reach the vision and mission of RRGSD.”

Additionally, the district’s dropout rate decreased by 14 points from 37% to 23% and the number of students graduating is up from 81% to 87%.  

“We’ve created a learning culture that challenges, supports, and ensures the success of every child, every day.  Our staff and school counselors have worked diligently to build relationships with our students which I firmly believe has attributed to both lower dropout rates and higher graduation rates,” said Jeff White, RRHS Principal.  

Specific information for each school district is available to view on the website the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction at www.dpi.nc.gov.