Grace King High School
(Metairie, Louisiana) took pride in being
"the best" high school in their district, but Assistant
Principal Pamela Pritchard was still appalled by the fact that
only 76% of freshmen were being promoted to the 10th
grade. She introduced the Career Choices
curriculum and the
concept that "Failure is Not an Option
" as a part of the
school's 9th grade redesign efforts.
Rahway High School
- The percentage of freshmen failing one or more classes
dropped from 48.8% to 9% within one year.
- The 9th grade dropout rate fell: 2.9% (2005-06) to 0.1% (2008-09).
- The percentage of freshmen promoted to the 10th grade rose from 76%
in 2005-06 to 91% within one year and to 93% within three, and suspension rates fell from 38.8% to 9.9% within one
year and to 3.6% within three years.
(Rahway, New Jersey) had an achievement problem and sought to remedy it with a
Freshman Seminar/Financial Literacy course utilizing the Career Choices
Santa Barbara City College
- Within one year of implementation, the freshman failure rate dropped from 50% (2010-11) to 35% (2011-12).
- Suspension rates for freshmen fell from 10% to 5%.
- Rahway High School was recognized by
New Jersey Monthly magazine (August 2012) as one of the top 10 most improved
high schools in New Jersey.
Data related to this honor include:
improved Advanced Placement, HSPA, SAT, and ACT scores;
decreased failure rates; improved
conduct; and an overall school
setting built on an academic framework and supporting a college-
(Santa Barbara, California),
a Dual Enrollment Freshman Transition (DEFT) course
Get Focused...Stay Focused!
® Initiative, was
named co-winner of the prestigious
2013 Aspen Prize for
Community College Excellence
. In 2009, SBCC adopted
and My10yearPlan.com® as the
curriculum for their DEFT course, which sparked
creation of the
Get Focused...Stay Focused!
These two innovative programs contributed to SBCC's
position as one of the top community colleges in the
country. The press release
announcing the 2013 Aspen
"Expanding student development efforts beyond its
campus to local high schools, Santa Barbara City College
has created the largest dual
allows high school students to take community college
courses-among California's 112 community colleges.
SBCC is also helping high sch
ool students, many of whom
may not be financially or academically prepared, develop
long-term education plans through college readiness and
career counseling programs."
Poughkeepsie High School
- Thanks to SBCC,
development of a 10-year career and
education plan is now a high school graduation
requirement for all students in the Santa Barbara Unified
- Participants in the Dual Enrollment Freshman Transition program
have higher aspirations, better attendance, and fewer behavior
problems than did students before implementation of DEFT.
(Poughkeepsie, New York)
cited by the state as a consistently underachieving
school, but a
course instituted in 2009 is
Indio High School
- The last cohort of students to graduate without
a graduation rate of 59%.
- The first graduating cohort to have the
Career Choices class
had a graduation rate of
63% (2011) and the second
cohort achieved a graduation rate of 83% (2012).
(Indio, California) was struggling with abysmal
test scores. A freshman transition course using Career Choices
called Success 101
is continuing to transform the culture of
this largely Hispanic school.
Carroll High School
- The number of freshmen with three or more Fs decreased by nearly a
half from 29% in 2009 to 16% in 2010.
- Freshmen were responsible for 49 of the school's 65-point API
(Academic Performance Index) increase within that first year.
- By the time the first class of freshmen became sophomores, 70
students had joined the CSF (California Scholarship Federation) versus
10 students from the previous class.
introduced a Freshman
Academy in 2011 to help
freshmen make a successful
transition into high school and build meaningful
relationships. A key component of this academy was a
course. Compared with first-semester
freshmen in 2010:
- The number of students failing a class decreased by 50%.
- The number of students who lost credit due to absences dropped
A rural district,
Robeson County Public Schools
introduced a mandatory Freshman
Transition program using
in all seven high
schools to help curb a serious dropout problem.
- A 23% decrease in the number
of dropouts was observed
between 2010 and 2011.
When Bobby Cunningham started as principal of McCormick
(McCormick, South Carolina), the school had one of
the highest dropout rates in South Carolina. He chose to
introduce Career Choices
to all grades at once, and the results
were staggering. "After one year, [McCormick High School]
moved from a 'below average' school to one of two
'excellent' schools in South Carolina
," Cunningham said.
The results from the second year, shown below, were even
- The rate at which freshmen were retained fell from 10.8% in
2006 to 1.5% in 2008.
- The percentage of students passing the High School Assessment
Program (required for graduation in South Carolina) rose from 63.4%
in 2006 to 78.6% in 2008.
- The percentage of students enrolled in CATE classes jumped from
44.8% in 2006 to 67.3% in 2008.