Most students wander through high school with no clear ideas about their futures. Typically, students do not understand the relevance of academic subjects such as Math, Science and English to an engaging career path. High school appears to be a one-size fits all approach with not enough time to develop professional networks and real-world experiences.
Roxborough High School faced this challenge. In 2011, student attendance was hovering around 75%, and graduation rates were around 60%. Approximately one-third of all students applied to college. Roxborough turned to PAI for help to use the career academy model as a transformational school approach. Today, using the model, Roxborough’s attendance rates are 90%, and its four-year graduation rates are nearing 80%, a higher percentage than the average for the School District of Philadelphia. It currently is working with PAI to build an intentional set of work-based learning experiences and college exposure for all of its students so that all young people can feel supported as they work towards their personal career and college aspirations.
For most of our history, students in “pocket” career academies (i.e. 20% of the school population) had graduation rates at 85 — 90%. Because of results like this and other research findings, cities like Nashville Tennessee and Long Beach California began to use the model throughout the entire school population (aka All Academy High Schools) to inspire school transformation. PAI began the All Academy High School initiative with partner schools a few years ago. Since that time, attendance, graduation and college going rates have trended upward as the transformation process takes root. Find out more about how this is making Roxborough High School a place where students want to go and teachers want to teach.
|Average DAILY ATTENDANCE||86.9%||89.8%||90.4%|
|Out-of-school suspension rate||25.9%||27.5||Sept-Apr
|Graduate rate (4-yr cohort)||66%||76.8%||84%|
|9th grade suspension rate||Sept-Apr
|College going rate||39%||43%||Projected
|FAFSA COMPLETION RATE (Seniors)||46%||75%|
*Influx of students from Germantown HS
So Too Will The Young People
|HS DROP OUTS||HS/BED NO COLLEGE||Some College||BA+|
|Mean Value, Owner-occupied homes||$96,069||$124,426||$150,919||$262,320|
|Combined ANNUAL TAX PAYMENTS||$4,252||$9,322||$9,981||$17,189|
2009. “The Tax and Transfer Fiscal Impact of Dropping Out of High School in Philadelphia City and Suburbs.”
Fogg, Harrington and Khatiwada, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeast University.