As graduation draws closer, many students are preparing for their futures.
Faculty members at Henry County Schools are pleased with the continuing improvements in the classroom, helping kids reach their goals.
William Helms has been teaching at Abbeville High School for 19 years, and in those years, he has seen an improvement with his students. "Grades going up, the students have more confidence, the graduation exam; like I said, they’re more likely to get into a two to four year college if that's their choice," he said.
Assistant Superintendent of Henry County Schools, Wiley Smith says the schools have been doing remarkably well the past three years.
Abbeville High School being a prime example, holding high scores in the science and math department along with having a successful above average drop out rate.
Smith says catching students in the ninth and tenth grades whose grades are dropping and helping them improve is imperative, since those are the grades students start to drop out.
"We feel like if we can especially intervene with ninth graders and get them through the ninth grade, that their chances of graduating are much improved," Smith added.
And, more improvements are in the making, starting with Abbeville High.
A new program is helping students with their attendance, credits and studies to help them receive their diploma.
Margaret Yance, with Abbeville High School said, "This is just, mostly something to make them know that we're not giving up on them and if we're not giving up, they tend to stay in school."
For Helms and other faculty, they are pleased to know there teaching is making a difference.
Smith says a main contributor to the school’s improvements has been watching data of the school’s scores and working on improving the weak areas.