Over the past five years, Baltimore City has achieved significant gains in increasing its high school graduation rate, rising from 41.5 percent in 2005 to 66.49 percent in 2012. Baltimore ranks 40th in the nation for high school graduation. In addition to loss of education benefits and limitations on future employment options, dropping out can have more dire long-term consequences.
Our work with community schools is helping to”turn the curve.” Family League has eight community schools for high school students in Baltimore City:
These schools focus on student attendance rates, academics that prepare students for college-level courses, graduation, and a successful transition to college and the workforce. Family engagement is a large part of the strategy as well. Using a family-centered, strengths-based approach, coordinators and providers partner with families in making decisions, setting goals, and achieving desired outcomes.