HPHS Student Success Center Highlighted in CT Latino News
The recent decrease in Chronic Absenteeism rates in Hartford Public Schools was highlighted by CT Latino News, an online news outlet focused on the state’s Latino population.
While the article notes that the rate of absenteeism is high in HPS, and even higher among the district’s Latino students, it describes how the pilot Student Support and Success Center at Hartford Public High School is contributing to improved attendance.
During the first quarter of this academic year, the overall Chronic Absentee rate in the district dropped 5.4 percent. That is due to several factors, including the Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow campaign to raise awareness about the issue.
The article quotes Success Center coordinator Liliana Ballestas-Cuevas about how the Superintendent’s focus on the problem and the pilot program have made a difference. Comprised of social workers, intervention specialists, graduate specialists and teachers, the Center helps students who are behind in credits recover those credits in order to graduate. There are 188 students currently enrolled in the program.
In addition to support with academics, the Center team keeps track of student attendance and contacts families when students are absent. It also offers a software program that guides students through remedial work they need to do to graduate.
The success rate of the Success Center has been strong: At the end of the summer, 55 students recovered enough credits to graduate.
Read the full story at CT Latino News.