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Celebrating Graduates
Celebrating Graduates
Posted on 09/15/2020
North Carolina graduation rates have been announced and Buncombe County Schools (BCS) is proud to share that we’ve topped the state average and earned our best rate yet- 90.6 percent. While we celebrate this snapshot in time, our leadership team recognizes that this figure represents years of hard work and innovation to help students thrive.
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North Carolina graduation rates have been announced and Buncombe County Schools (BCS) is proud to share that we’ve topped the state average and earned our best rate yet- 90.6 percent. While we celebrate this snapshot in time, our leadership team recognizes that this figure represents years of hard work and innovation to help students thrive.

“I want to thank our teachers, social workers, counselors, principals, and families for their dedication to our students’ success,” said BCS Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin. “While the previous school year presented a number of challenges, we remained focused, encouraged our students to work to their fullest potential, and continued to build on previous years of success.”

Superintendent Baldwin also recognizes the hard work of the BCS Graduation Initiative team. Led by Kaye Lamb, the Graduation Initiative is a partnership between Buncombe County Schools, Buncombe County Commissioners, and Eblen Charities to support students who are at risk of not completing high school. The Initiative raises awareness about barriers to graduation that students face and also clears a path for schools and community partners to swiftly respond to challenges and ensure a successful outcome.

“We attribute the increase we see to the strength of the collaborative work of the Graduation Initiative staff along with student services staff and administrators within the high schools, as well as the recent addition of the Buncombe County Schools Virtual Academy led by Brandon Rice,” Ms. Lamb said. “We have seen a sizable increase in the number of creative options we have to offer to students. The work of the Graduation Initiative was to coordinate all options for highly at-risk students on behalf of the schools and families and the numbers show that we are making a difference.”
While Buncombe County Schools is proud of our progress, we know there is still much work to be done to ensure all students are given the opportunities and tools they need to earn their diploma and prepare for the next chapter of their lives. With help from dedicated community partners, we’ll continue to prioritize student success.
Here's a look at our 2020 Virtual Graduation Ceremonies and Celebration photos!
Celebrating our 2020 Graduates

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