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Diplomas Now Helps Frankford High Freshman Find Motivation to Succeed in School

When school leaders at Frankford High first met ninth-grader Nasiyah Stepp, she was struggling to make it to school on time—if at all—each day, and having trouble finding the motivation to do well in her classes. Nasiyah’s mom, a single mother, does her best to care for Nasiyah and her two siblings, but long, inconvenient hours as a Wal-Mart manager keep her away from Read more »

Diplomas Now Boosts Tulsa High School’s Grad Rate and Helps Grieving Student Stay on Track

Successfully transitioning to high school can be daunting and difficult for any teenager. Students must make sense of a new school, a new schedule, and new people—all while managing harder classes and higher expectations. During this critical transition period, a student simultaneously confronting significant challenges at home might quickly slip through the cracks. But with the right support at school—and a bit of perseverance—even Read more »

Diplomas Now Aids Student Struggling To Help Support Family

When Noe Castro was 14, his parents split up, and he was floundering at Burbank High School in San Antonio. His mother’s health was poor, so Noe worked at a gas station until 2 a. m. to help support his family. Then, his grandmother died, adding more stress. Noe rarely paid attention in class and was failing several courses. With help from Burbank faculty Read more »

Diplomas Now Helps Student Thrive in New Middle School and Succeed in High School

As a freshman at Chief Sealth International High School, Angel Garcia-Castellanos earns As and Bs and attends school regularly. He plans to major in engineering in college and pursue a master’s in computer science at the University of Oregon. Angel’s current path is markedly different from the one he was on when he transferred to Denny International Middle School in Seattle in the 7th Read more »

Diplomas Now Helps a Family in Turmoil, a Girl Falling Behind and a School Once in Disarray

When Jocelyne Blas Cardona was a sixth-grader, high school seemed out of reach. She had Ds in math and English, acted out in class and often fought with other students. Her home life was in turmoil. Her teenage brother recently fathered a child, and her own dad was often absent. She was well on her way to suspension and failure when Diplomas Now helped Read more »

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