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Some CMS students graduating late

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District (CMS) will hold its summer graduations soon. CMS says 273 students will be graduating during the summer, but the majority of them are graduating late.

"Is CMS doing what they need to be doing throughout the school year to monitor the kids who are at risk?" CMS parent Tina Trout asked.

CMS says it alerts students and parents of what needs to be done to graduate on time long before the deadline. There are many reasons why students don't graduate with their class. 

CMS student Tyler Maxey explained why one student didn't graduate.

"He dropped out of school as a senior," Maxey said. "He said he was going to come back next year. He said he needed a break."

Sources say another student didn't graduate on time because her counselor failed to tell her what was needed to graduate on time.

"Knowing what I know - that things slip through the cracks - I am not surprised at all that kids don't even know they are at risk," Trout said.

This year more than 9,000 seniors graduated on time from CMS. Many believe graduating in four years makes a difference.

"I think it speaks largely to colleges getting it done in four years,"  school administrator Kendra Johnson said. "Feel like it is crucial for their self-esteem and their confidence."

Johnson also believes more research should be done about late graduations to figure out if there is a district problem.

"Where students are coming from is it concentrated in certain areas of our city or spread all across the city," Johnson said. "I would be curious to know."

The majority of the students graduating late went to recovery centers during the summer to complete credits needed to graduate. The district's graduation rate right now is more than 80 percent. The students graduating late will not be counted in CMS' overall graduation rate for the 2016-2017 school year.

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