According to a report published by the Department of Education, during the 2009-10 school year, only 78.2 percent of high school students nationwide graduated on time. While this figure is up substantially from 73.4 percent recorded in 2005-6, this figure is still dangerously high. States in the Southeastern United States such as South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Louisiana lead the nation in the highest dropout rates, each reporting graduation rates below 70%. Education Secretary Arne Duncan noted that the national dropout rate is still “unsustainably high for a knowledge-based economy and still unacceptably high in our African-American, Latino, and Native-American communities.” While the graduation rate has improved for all American students over the past five years, Native Americans, African Americans, and Hispanics still lag significantly behind their peers.
College & Career Clubs of America addresses the need for a specific, long-term solution. Our 3-year standards based curriculum teaches college, career, leadership and life skills to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Participation results in a student entering high school with a concrete plan for pursuing a purposeful college education, a personally rewarding career and a productive life.
We believe that IF we engage middle school students in structured, interactive, and fun learning activities on the topics of college, career, leadership, and life skills, THEN these students will feel a greater sense of empowerment, as well as an intrinsic motivation to plan for and achieve success!
Our Approach is simple. Our 3-year curriculum empowers students to create the future they want through fun activities and group discussions in a supportive environment.
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