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School is Cool

Approximately 1.2 million students drop out of high school each year – that’s one child every 26 seconds of the school day. A recent study by Cities in Crisis reports that high dropout rates can put a financial burden on a city and have a detrimental impact on community safety.

Despite this, only 53% of young people in America’s 50 largest cities graduate from high school on time. 25 U.S. school districts produce 1/5 of all U.S. dropouts. Broward is one of them.

So what does this breakdown in middle school ultimately mean? According to the statistics, everything. When struggling middle schoolers become high school dropouts they can expect:
  • Higher unemployment and lower earnings
  • Higher rates of illness and disability
  • Increased incarceration
Recognizing that the middle school years are critical ones in academic preparation and a time of huge change for students academically, developmentally and socially, the Community Foundation’s Board has launched School is Cool, a community-wide initiative. School is Cool aims to increase high school graduation rates to 90% by focusing on middle school success.

Watch MIddle School Moment - a PBS video

Why is Middle School So Important?


See a short video below of what Broward School Principal Valerie Y. Thomas thinks about the School is Cool collaboration.

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Broward County Inspiring Philanthropy over 25 years