Monday, February 27, 2017
WELCOME TO THE DROPOUT PREVENTION WEBSITE
It is the mission of the Gadsden School District to ensure that each student receives an equitable education to alleviate the desire to dropout. In doing so, the district has developed a comprehensive intervention plan with embedded measures designed to increase student achievement, reduce the number of students exiting school before their target dates, and to provide a variety of post-secondary options.
It is our belief that the most effective way to reduce the number of children who will ultimately dropout is to provide the best possible classroom instruction from the beginning of their school experience through graduation. In an effort to foster this environment, the district provides several options:
Alternative Schools – Carter-Parramore Academy (CPA) provides potential dropouts with a variety of options that can lead to graduation, with programs paying special attention to the students’ individual social needs as well as their academic requirements for obtaining a high school diploma. An individualized instructional program for each student allows for flexibility in teaching methods and motivational strategies to consider these individual differences.
After- School Opportunities – Individual school sites offer after school and school enhancement programs that eliminate information loss and inspire interest in a variety of areas. Such experiences are especially important for students at risk of school failure because they fill the afternoon “gap time” with constructive and engaging activities.
Technology Integration – Technology offers some of the best opportunities for delivering instruction to engage students in authentic learning, addressing multiple intelligences, and adapting to students’ learning styles.
Career and Technical Academies – Gadsden Technical Institute (GTI) is a quality Career and Technical site which has a plethora of offerings for Gadsden’s youth.
Safe Learning Environments - It is the goal of the Gadsden School District to provide safe learning environments that promote daily experiences designed to enhance positive social attitudes and effective interpersonal skills in all students.
Community and Schools Collaboration - The Office of Parent & Community Services has developed partnerships with area businesses, churches, community organizations, and law enforcement to connect students and their families with available resources. Mentors have been provided to discuss career options with students in addition to motivating them to focus on a graduation plan.
When all groups in the community provide collective support to the school, a strong infrastructure is created and establishes a supportive environment where youth can thrive and achieve.