Family Support Workers:

  • Partner with school staff to identify students who are not making adequate progress toward graduation
  • Educate middle school families about the importance of academic success at the middle school level
  • Ensure that high school families are aware of graduation requirements, credit accumulation expectations and the progress of their children
  • Communicate information from the school to parents regarding options for credit recovery, then develop a plan to address credit and learning deficiencies
  • Provide regular communication between teachers and families regarding progress
  • Assist families with basic needs (food, housing, safety, community resources) that may distract families from focusing on their child’s academic achievement
  • Provide ongoing support and follow-up to ensure that families and students implement the recommended strategies successfully

The Cost of Doing Nothing in Secondary Schools

The cost of this program is very low in comparison to the price society pays when children do not graduate from high school. Students who do not graduate are more likely to be involved in criminal activity, to incur higher health care costs, to receive public assistance and, to pay lower taxes as adults.

High school dropouts earn $260,000 less over a lifetime than a high school graduate and pay $60,000 less in taxes.

(Cecilia Rouse of Princeton University, October 2005, The Social Cost of Inadequate Education, The Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University, p.16)