Our students face serious barriers to success in school when they enter Open Meadow:
- 98% are under-skilled, behind in credits, and under- or unemployed
- 84% are low income
- 10% are teen parents
Our students’ accomplishments in 2011-12 speak for themselves:
• Middle School students made an average improvement of two and a half grade levels in math and one and a half grade levels in Language arts as measured by district assessments.
• 98% of middle school students and 96% of high school students were still in school at end of the school year. Our dropout rate remains the lowest of all alternative programs statewide.
• 75% of graduates from our high school program transitioned to post-secondary education and/or employment.
• 19 high school students took a college class and passed
• 28 students graduated with a high school diploma
• 100% of graduates participated in an in-depth application of career-related knowledge and skill
• 100% of graduates met the Oregon Diploma’s Essential Skill requirements
• Middle School disciplinary interventions continued a downward trend (4x fewer than just two years ago!) at the same time that classes passed continued an upward trend (up more than 30% over two years).
• Step Up received initial results of a third-party study indicating significantly higher graduation rates for its students than all other students in their public high school.