The Colorado center for High school success
The Colorado Center for High School Success partners with 21 high schools across Colorado committed to becoming communities where all students excel academically.
We help our partner schools significantly increase the number of 9th graders who finish the year on track to graduate, a stronger predictor of high school graduation than their race/ethnicity, level of poverty, or test scores combined.
Spotlight on Impact
How ENGLEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL’S NINTH GRADE ACADEMY IS IMPROVING STUDENT OUTCOMES
Resources for Schools
A grant program through the Colorado Department of Education provides funding to local education providers and charter schools to assist students enrolled in ninth grade to develop the skills they need to successfully persist in graduating from high school.
- Students who are on-track at the end of their 9th grade year—meaning earn at least a quarter of the credits and receive no more than one “F” in a core course—are as much as four times more likely to graduate from high school than their off-track peers.
- The 9th grade on track metric is more predictive of a student’s likelihood of graduating than race, ethnicity, poverty level and prior test scores combined.
- Nationwide, 9th graders are three to five times more likely to fail a class than students in any other grade.
- For every full-year course that a 9th grade student fails, their chance of graduating in four years decreases by 30%.
- 70-80% of all students who failed 9th grade will not graduate from high school.