Dalton Public Schools began a new internal recognition program this year to highlight staff members who exemplify the Dalton Difference.
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Each year, Dalton High School successfully prepares students for their Advanced Placement exams. The school is now home to 72 AP Scholars for 2019, including four National AP Scholar.
Dr. Tim Scott, superintendent of Dalton Public Schools, will be presenting the State of the Schools on Tuesday, September 17 at 6 pm. The meeting will be held in the council chambers of City Hall, 300 E. Waugh Street.
Hannah Miller was recently awarded the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's flight training scholarship. The $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to 80 high school students from across the country. These funds help recipients pay for flight training as students work towards their primary pilot certificate.
High schoolers at Dalton High School now have a brand-new option in varsity sports. Instead of playing on a field or court, this sport takes place in the digital arena.
Dalton Public Schools and Whitfield County Schools are partnering with Purposity, an app connecting users with one-to-one needs in the community. The partnership aims to match the unmet needs of students with the generosity of those in the community who have a sincere desire to help.
In keeping with the state trend of increasing graduation rates, Dalton High School's graduation rate climbed to an all-time high of 95.13 percent, up two percent from 2017 and above the state average by 13.5 points.
Dr. Tim Scott, superintendent of Dalton Public Schools, applauded the work at Dalton High by the staff and students to continue to improve the graduation rate at the school.
"Congratulations to Dalton High School for continuing to raise the bar and prepare more students to be successful in their future endeavors. A high school diploma is really the first step in widening a student's opportunities to pursue post-secondary education, technical school, the military or to secure a better job."
Morris Innovative High School saw an 11 percent drop in its graduation rate to 35.71 percent. The school has a number of programs that specifically serve students that are at-risk of dropping out of school.
The district average graduation rate is 78.94 percent, down from 83.27 percent in 2017.
"I know how hard the staff and administration at Morris Innovative High School work to help every student be successful and graduate," said Scott. "It's important to note that MIHS had 67 students graduated from MIHS last May with 54 graduates who completed their diploma requirements within four years. An additional two students graduated after attending summer school. We don't want to overlook the success the school is having, because a number of those graduates might not have ever finished school without the support and encouragement provided by the MIHS teachers."
Many students who enroll in MIHS are significantly behind in high school credits. The work required to earn enough credit to graduate on time requires a student to be disciplined, motivated and committed. Because of insufficient credits, about 20 percent of the students who enroll at MIHS need five years of high school, not four years, in order to successfully complete their diploma requirements to graduate.
"Dalton Public Schools expects every student to successfully graduate from high school," added Scott. "We will continue to focus on providing a rigorous instructional program and the necessary supports for all students to achieve the self-satisfaction of walking across the stage at graduation with a diploma."