Valley High-GEAR UP Graduates 94% of seniors2011 | Admin | July 12, 2011 at 8:59 am
Valley High School in Elk Grove, CA, a California GEAR UP school, celebrated last night as 94% of their senior class (the GEAR UP cohort) walked across the stage and received their diplomas. The atmosphere in the room was electric, as the seniors, their families, and school staff enjoyed a near perfect graduation rate.
The California GEAR UP-Valley High School model focuses on a cohort of low-income students who began in Grade 7 at Jackman Middle School in 2005-2006 and who matriculated to Valley High School in 2007-2008. For 2009-10, services for the cohort of 11th graders expanded to include support for AVID classes, College Fairs, College and Career Technical school visits, College Awareness classes and Leadership Skills Initiative curriculum specific to the African-American male students in the cohort. With a continued focus on developing the college-going culture throughout the school community, GEAR UP has been able to reach the entire school, not just the students within the cohort.
To read more on the achievements of Valley High School-California GEAR UP collaboration, click HERE.