R-5 gets drop-out prevention grant

R-5 High School will share a $15 million five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education with 31 Colorado schools hoping to decrease their drop-out rates.

The middle and high schools were picked by the Colorado Department of Education’s Unit of Drop-out Prevention and Student Engagement because they had more than 400 students and a drop-out rate above the state average.

The schools agreed to use best practices such as tutoring and community engagement in the schools as a condition of receiving grant dollars. Some schools will take work a step further by developing new drop-out prevention, early warning and recovery plans, and analyzing student data.

The 32 schools are mostly on the Front Range but include R-5 as well as Grand Mesa High School in Collbran.

Twenty-two more schools will get training and assistance through the grant.


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