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Hopkinton, Belmont, Bow schools honored for low dropout rates

Hopkinton Middle/High and Belmont High schools were recognized by the state Department of Education yesterday as two of seven schools in the state to have zero dropouts in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years.

Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry honored 38 schools under the New Hampshire Educational Awards. Bow High School was also recognized for having zero dropouts in the 2011-2012 school year. Dropout data for last school year is not yet available. Other schools across the state were recognized for innovation, narrowing the achievement gap and improving student test scores. The schools will receive certifications of recognition signed by Barry.

“I am pleased to honor schools and districts that demonstrate innovative and successful educational practices to support our students’ future,” Barry said in a release.

Chris Kelley, principal at Hopkinton Middle/High School, said this is the first time he remembers the school being recognized in these awards in his nine years there. This year is his third as principal, and he served as assistant principal for six years.

He said the teachers in Hopkinton strive to make students feel comfortable and give them the resources they need to succeed. It is also a small school, with less than 500 students in grades seven through 12. Kelley said there was one student who dropped out during the 2012-2013 school year.

“We like to focus on relationships with kids, and I think building those relationships with students is what helps to have the kids feel welcome in our school,” Kelley said.

Dan Clary, principal at Belmont High School, and John House-Myers, principal at Bow High School, did not respond to requests for comment.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or kronayne@cmonitor.com or
on Twitter @kronayne.)

I thought it was now illegal to drop out of school before age 18. Are they counting minors or adults for this?

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