COVINGTON — According to data released by the Georgia Department of Education earlier this week, graduation rates in Rockdale and Newton counties continue to increase and exceed the state average.

Newton County’s 2019 graduation rate was an all-time high at 87%, five points greater than the state’s average.

Rockdale increased its graduation rate from 81.8% to 82.7% in 2019.

Below are the graduation rates by school.

NCSS:

♦ Alcovy High; 85%.

♦ Eastside High; 87%.

♦ Newton High; 88%.

RCPS:

♦ Heritage High; 85.4%.

♦ Salem High; 86.3%.

♦ Rockdale High; 83.7%.

♦ Rockdale County Open Campus; 49.4%.

Both Alcovy High School and Newton High School increased their graduation rates by 1 percentage point in 2019; Eastside saw a dip from 91% to 87% this year.

“I am proud of the hard work and effort of our students, teachers, leaders and staff,” said Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent of NCSS. “Last school year, 1,369 students, earning approximately $50 million in athletic, academic and fine arts scholarships, graduated from our high schools; I truly commend and congratulate the graduates and the network of people who played a role in their success. With the continued support of our families, and the laser-like focus of our school teams, I anticipate that our graduation rates will continue to improve.”

“I commend our high schools for continuing to outpace the state’s graduation rate by graduating students within four years fully equipped with college