Doddridge Co. schools received the state’s top grade when it comes to its four-year graduation rate.
The county ranked first overall out of all 55 West Virginia counties with a graduation rate of 97.4 percent.
Schools superintendent Adam Cheeseman believes the huge turnaround in school performance is due to several factors, but attributes most of the success to a shift in the county’s commitment to education and its student-centered approach to learning.
“It’s really a community effort, it’s a board of education effort and they put the resources and the people in the right places,” Cheeseman said. “But ultimately, it also is our students and we’re just so proud of them and honored by it and looking to continue to improve.”
Last year, Doddridge Co. had a graduation rate of 96 percent. The county also ranked 4th overall in overall academic performance.