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Tackling the Dropout Crisis

Burke_High_School_Small-11-300x199Our vision is that more young people who live in poverty will graduate from high school with meaningful diplomas, that their schools will raise student achievement and graduation rates and that communities benefit from a better-trained workforce and building pathways from poverty to adult success for all their children.

Our mission is to enable high-poverty high schools to achieve college- and career-ready graduation rates of 80 percent or better and to enable high-poverty middle schools to prepare their students to enter high school with good attendance, behaviors, and course performance ready to succeed in challenging college- and career-ready high school courses.

Operating in a growing number of middle and high schools, Diplomas Now is an i3 grant-winning, public-private partnership between three major national nonprofits, local school districts and our funders.

The Right Support at the Right Time

Diplomas Now is based on research showing that half of all eventual dropouts can be identified by the end of sixth grade, and close to 75 percent by the start of high school. Studies found that middle-school students who fail their courses, have poor attendance and poor behavior seldom graduate.

A Partnership That Works

Diplomas Now offers 80 combined years of experience from three respected national nonprofits: Johns Hopkins University’s Talent Development Secondary, City Year, and Communities in Schools.

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