Early Signs Point to Success

How are we doing? It’s a question we ask ourselves often at Avenue Scholars. We carefully monitor and evaluate our students’ progress to make sure the program is fulfilling its mission.

The first Avenue Scholars students started in 2009-10 when high school juniors and seniors were served at Ralston, Omaha Northwest and Omaha Benson. The following year, juniors and seniors at Omaha South, Omaha Bryan, Omaha North and Millard South formed the high school program while the first college-bound students (2010 cohort) entered Metropolitan Community College.

It’s important to note that we select low performing students with grade point averages below 2.5, norm-referenced rankings hovering at the 35% percentile and high rates of absences from schools. Nearly 100% were low-income students defined by free and reduced lunch qualified status.

Since the 2009-10 school year, one cohort of students (2012 graduates) have completed the full high school program and their first year of college. The 2013 graduates are nearing completion of their first year of college.

In August 2012, Avenue Scholars Foundation entered a three-year, independent program evaluation conducted by Dr. Jeanette Harder, Ph.D. and team from the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work. Initial results are promising, showing higher graduation rates, greater college entry rates and improved grade point averages. In addition, students were more hopeful of the future as measured by the Gallup Hope, Wellness and Engagement Survey.

 

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