How do we make sure students graduate from high school and are ready for college and career?
This report, produced by the California Comprehensive Center at WestEd, American Institutes for Research, and the California Department of Education, looks at high schools with successful graduation rates for answers.
The report reveals the strategies these schools use, the challenges they face in achieving high graduation rates, and how they help middle grades students transition to high school.
Researchers found that to support students transitioning between middle and high school, successful schools:
- Create opportunities for staff across school levels to jointly plan and collaborate
- Prepare students to participate in the high school campus and culture prior to enrollment
- Ensure all students feel connected to the school
- Identify students who are struggling prior to transition and prepare timely and individualized supports for those students
To promote graduation, the schools:
- Enable collaboration among teachers within the school
- Provide students with multiple opportunities for academic support and credit recovery
- Connect all students through programs, activities, and caring staff
- Institute a strong, individually focused counseling program
- Have high expectations for all students