Each year, 2.2 million students attend high schools that qualify as “dropout factories,” where about half will fail to graduate with their class. Citizen Schools works to stem America’s dropout crisis by engaging students while they are still in middle school, preparing them for success in high school, college, and beyond.
Research indicates that students who are falling behind in math or English in the sixth grade have only a 10 to 20 percent chance of graduating high school on time. Citizen Schools aims to reverse the trend through its Extended Learning Time (ELT) model, which provides after-school mentoring and support for low-performing middle schools.
Donations of Cisco products enable Citizen Schools to reach thousands more students by more easily recruiting and training staff and volunteers.
Alumni are 2X more likely to go to college
71% of students who participate graduate high school on time
83% of participants are interested in STEM careers
“Citizen Schools has a strong track record in creating successful apprenticeship experiences for early adolescents in partnership with urban schools.”Dr. Camille Farrington of the University of Chicago, a leading researcher in social emotional learning and youth development.