Davenport Schools Give Another Option for Drop-Outs
Students who dropped out of Davenport high schools now have a second chance to graduate. This month, the school board approved a contract with Graduation Alliance, an organization that offers online classes for at-risk students.
Learning Support Specialist for the district, Pam Kirsch, says the Graduation Alliance program will give students another option, if they were unable to finish high school.
Kirsch says the drop-out rate in Davenport rose slightly last year to nearly 6 percent. Students in the online program must be enrolled in the Davenport School District and under 21.
Graduation Alliance sends a case worker to meet with each student, and help make sure they complete the requirements. And, the district will pay the company the per pupil cost approved by the state.
Kirsch says the Davenport School District hopes at least 10 students enroll by August.