Our Piece of the Pie seeks to address is the lack of school models prepared to support over-age, under-credited students. Over-age, under-credited students do not have the appropriate number of credits for their age and intended grade. Typically, these students have struggled and disengaged in school, many going on to become one of the estimated 6.7 million 16-24 year old high school dropouts in the United States. In Connecticut, it is estimated that at least 30,000 young people can be classified as over-age, under-credited youth.
Over-age, under-credited students most often need additional supports, both academically and personally, having missed key competencies at some point during their academic career. These needs must be addressed in order for OU students to succeed in high school and leave prepared for success in college and career.
Specifically with overage, under-credited students, OPP operates in three schools.
In Hartford, OPP has been working in partnership with Hartford Public Schools for Opportunity High School since 2009, which has already graduated 172 students -- 172 previous drop-outs or near drop-outs. In addition, OPP has been contracted by Bloomfield Public Schools to operate the Learning Academy at Bloomfield since 2012, a small school setting with a maximum of 15 students, has graduated more than 10 students. In the latest iteration, Path Academy Windham, OPP acted as the Charter Management Organization for the school of up to 225 students, which will include all components of the Path Academy model for Windham, CT region students, a small urban area with a high incidence of English Language Learner students and low graduation rate.
These students have not experienced success in a traditional high school setting. OHS provides the individualized attention and intensive support services that will help youth reduce the barriers they face every day and put them on the path to academic success.
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Pathways is funded in part by the US Department of Labor.