Each school year students and staff of The Partnership For Our Kids work to achieve bigger and better goals and the 2010-2011 academic year will be no different. This fall, All Our Kids will be raising the student GPA requirement from a 2.0 to a 2.5. “It has been something that we have discussed for a while now, and after seeing that our students were able to consistently average over a 2.5 GPA, we felt it was appropriate to raise our bar to better prepare them for success,” explains All Our Kids Program Director, Phillip Burrell. Burrell says he believes this new benchmark will really help students to make an easier transition into college.
Program staff members are confident that this new challenge will be well received by the students. “Although it will take a little extra effort on the students’ part, I think they realize the work and discipline they are putting in now will put them in a better position to succeed in the future,” says Burrell. He goes on to explain that in the event that a student is not able to meet the new requirement, an action plan for success has already been put in place. “A student that does not reach this benchmark will be put on academic probation. While on probation, students are visited at school by their program specialist and a plan is set up to improve the student’s grades,” he says.
Burrell says that the current program requirements for school and meeting attendance will remain the same in the 2010-2011 school year, but he doesn’t rule out a change in the future. “We are always looking to raise the bar as our students achieve and surpass the benchmarks of our program.”