Approximately one third of New York City students did not graduate in four years in 2015. These off track students start showing signs as early as elementary school that they will have trouble graduating on time. Using an approach based on research developed by Johns Hopkins University, City Year focuses on students who have one or more of the following early warning indicators: poor attendance, disruptive behavior, and course failure in math and English.
Here’s what we do to help students stay on track to graduate:
When a student shows just one of these indicators as early as sixth grade, they have only a 25% chance of graduating high school on time with their peers. If that student can reach the 10th grade on track and on time, he or she has a 75% chance of graduating. But there is a solution. City Year helps close the gap between what students need to succeed and what schools are designed to provide by placing near-peer mentors in New York’s most under-served schools to address specific areas that lead to students dropping out.