Our Big Goal
We believe that all kids should be ready, successful and prepared for life. We want 90% of Anchorage students to graduate by the year 2020. We have partnered with individuals and organizations from the whole community to work together alongside schools and families to address the issues that undermine student performance.
In the past decade we have increased graduation rates in Anchorage from 59% to 81.4% and seen a groundswell in the community commitment to support the youth in our community. But we still have work to do.
Reaching high school graduation begins long before high school. There are several milestones along the way that will help determine if a child will be able to achieve high school graduation. Being ready for kindergarten will help them reach 3rd grade literacy proficiency. Being at grade level for 3rd grade reading will make it possible for them to succeed in 8th grade math. If they start out high school in the 9th grade with all their credits to stay on track, they are much less likely to drop out around their junior or senior year. If at any point in time, a student becomes chronically absent, it is nearly impossible for them to stay up on their school work and may not meet these milestones.
How we're getting there.
We have modeled our system to get the right kids the right supports at the right time. Meaning that students who have needs are able to be connected to services that can help them succeed. We've created this model through Community PLUS Schools and Back On Track, that each have staff that are focused on the needs of students, whether they are academic or non-academic. When students get that targeted extra help, they are much more likely to succeed.
High school graduation is associated with higher income, better health, lower criminal activity, and lower welfare receipt. The whole community benefits from increased graduation rates.
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We are lucky to have several community partners who understand the investment needed in the future of our community.
Rasmuson Foundation awarded 90% by 2020 $1 million over the course of 3 years for work associated with 90% by 2020.
ConocoPhillips has donated $290,000 over the course of 4 years to our PLUS Schools initiative.
CIRI donated $40,000 through their annual golf tournament.
Wells Fargo makes a corporate match to 90% by 2020 with their workforce campaign.
BP has donated $30,000 to the Back on Track initiative to hire teachers to work with youth who are identified by ASD’s Child in Transition. This money helped supplement a grant that didn’t allow money to hire teachers and teacher’s assistants.