Our Goal: All Westbrook Youth Graduate From High School Ready For Success
The goals of the project engage the entire community in supporting the whole child before, during and after school – so that ultimately our children graduate from high school ready for success. These goals are:
Every child is prepared for school
High-quality early learning programs generate a significant return on investment. Numerous studies have documented a rate of return of $7 or more on each dollar invested through a reduced need for spending on other services, such as remedial education, grade repetition, and special education, as well as increased productivity and earnings for these children as adults.
Every child succeeds academically
Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the U.S. alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds, or 7,000 a day. According to the National Research Council, academic success can be predicted with reasonable accuracy by knowing someone’s reading skill at the end of third grade. A student who is not at least a modestly skilled reader by that time is unlikely to graduate from high school.
Every child is healthy
The associations between substance use, academic failure, and dropout are strong and well-recognized among both researchers and educators and adolescents at risk of academic failure are more likely to have substance use problems in combination with an array of other problem behaviors.
Every child feels safe and supported in the community
All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.