We believe that each student has promise, greatness and genius within. Sometimes a student needs additional help, support, navigation, encouragement and the adequate resources to reach his or her goals and full potential in order to achieve a stable, productive future. In many communities, and for various reasons which are complex, African American and Latino students struggle to reach their full potential and graduate high school with their class. The Students of Promise program is a Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative (CTAG), in direct response to the academic, social and emotional needs of targeted students. We are committed to help bolster academic achievement, attendance, matriculation to the next grade level and performance outcomes in our students while reducing negative behavior trends and addressing non-academic barriers to success. The Students of Promise program is designed to strengthen the relationships and skill sets our young people need to succeed while engaging parents, families and the entire learning community.
• tutorial services, note-taking, and study skills enhancement
• student-led focus groups and life-skills development
• exposure field trips, college tours and speaker series
• social and emotional learning opportunities
• linkage to community resources
• linkage to community resources
• weekly contact to discuss the needs and progress of students
• classroom support that protects instruction time
• cultural competency professional development
As a Closing the Achievement Gap (CTAG) initiative, the Students of Promise program targets African American, Latino students and others entering high school. Currently, the program is offered in the Cleveland Heights – University Heights, Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Warrensville Heights and East Cleveland school districts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, with the goal to expand into other school districts and expand the model at the middle school level. Targeted students for the Students of Promise program may meet at least one of the following risk factors:
- absent 25+ days the previous school year
- excessive tardiness to class
- 5 or more days of in-school or out-of-school suspension
- failed two or more core subjects
- performed below proficiency level in one or more subject areas
- juvenile court supervision or adjudication
- over-age for current grade level
- repeating the 9th grade
(Non-targeted students that participate in the Students of Promise Program may be upper-class students within the school that serve as Peer Mentors or students in need of additional support to help them reach their full potential).
If you believe your child, student or learning community can benefit from the Students of Promise program or would like to learn more about the program, please contact Bob Ivory, Program Director, 216.324.9154, email@example.com.
If you would like to express support for bringing a Students of Promise Closing the Achievement Gap initiative to your Cuyahoga County community, contact Pernel Jones, Jr., Cuyahoga County Councilman, at 216.698.2019, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to learn about other resources for children and families in Cuyahoga County, browse the information available though the Family & Children First Council.