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Newport News, Hampton public schools' graduation rates up

Hampton City Schools and Newport News Public Schools' graduation rates have gone up. Dropout rates for the school districts have also been dropping.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Hampton City Schools and Newport News Public Schools have exciting news, graduation rates are up.

The Newport News Public Schools graduation rate remains at an all-time high with 94.8 percent of the class of 2019 graduating in four years. For the class of 2019 at Hampton City Schools, 92.73 percent of students graduated on time versus the state average of 91.5 percent. 

Hampton City Schools has the lowest dropout rate of the 15 school divisions in the region, according to data released by the Virginia Department of Education. Its dropout rate of 1.26 percent is the lowest in the region.

At the Newport News Public Schools, from 2008 to 2019, the dropout rate decreased from 12 percent to only 1.8 percent. 

The school division credits a national award-winning dropout prevention and recovery program it established in 2008 for bringing the dropout number down. 

Here's a breakdown of Hampton City School's data:

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