Topic: Improve Minority Male High School Graduation Rates
Minority Males from three ethnic groups (African American, Hispanic American, and Native-American) graduate high school below the national average by nearly 15%,
National Average High School Graduation Rate: 83%
White American: 82% *(88%)
African-American: 69% *(75%)
Asian American: 84%*(90%)
Hispanic American: 72%*(78%)
Native American: 66%*(72%)
*The female to male graduation rate is 6 to 7% higher for females, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
Funding Support from Home (Low Self-esteem)
High Rates of School Absentees (Poor Self-Images)
Non-Career Focus (Lack of Exposure to Career Choices)
Environmental Challenges (High Community Poverty Levels)
How the 100% Graduation Rate Program Address the Problem:
- We met with the student and their parent to sign a 4-year agreement to graduate on time.
- We held 12 after-school training sessions on Economics and the US Legal System for 9th graders.
- We sponsored 3 annual field trips with the students and their rival high school program participants, starting from the 9th grade to the end of the 12th grade.
- We conducted annual college workshops with the students and our local colleges, both at the high schools and colleges.
- We worked with local businesses, organizations, and the school district to find summer job opportunities for the program participants.
- We held 18 after-school training sessions on Academic Preparation, Social Skills and Job Readiness for 10th graders.
- We conducted monthly in-school sessions on Career Planning, College Readiness, Family Development, and Money Management with guest speakers for 11th and 12th graders.
- We developed a self-evaluation chart for each graduation class.
- We allowed the program’s underclassmen to attend the program’s annual graduation ceremony.
100% Graduation Rate Program Results:
Camden, New Jersey – **Program Participants Group B (105) compared to Program Sample Group A (105)
The Male Program participants had a 49% higher High School Graduation Rate, compared to the City’s sample group of males – 88% (92 out of 105) to 39% (41 out of 105).
Each year, the City’s two largest high schools – Camden High and Woodrow Wilson – Guidance Departments selected 15 incoming high school freshmen for the program. These students were classified as at-risk, based on having grades below C in Math and/or Reading, or had a poor student behavior problem.
The students were then randomly assigned to a Program Group- A (Non-treatment) or Group B (Program Treatment) – based on their seating during the program’s orientation.
School Districts focus on a 21st century career planning high school degrees to:
- increase student interaction
- allow students to develop better critical thinking and self-awareness
- establish the intrinsic value of a high school education