While dropout prevention programs are largely associated with high schools, those teenage decisions are often rooted in missed benchmarks and habits formed at a younger age. Examples: chronic tardiness, absenteeism, and not meeting widely accepted academic benchmarks (like reading proficiency by third grade) that are understood to be correlated with long-term success.
Basham, who wanted Communities In Schools at Taylor Elementary after seeing its success firsthand at a different local school she worked at, views fourth grade as a turning point: “That’s when it seems like they decide either to commit and be all-in or not.”
This community-school model advocated for by Communities In Schools suggests that to receive that buy-in from students and their parents, you must go beyond tutoring or direct academic support.
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