Even with our best efforts to monitor student distress signals and establish programs that keep students engaged, some will fall off track and give up. These students often have life situations that create special needs. Some have to work to help financially at home. Others are overwhelmed by responsibilities for taking care of siblings or their own children. Due to grade retention or other disruptions, some are older than their classmates and don’t feel comfortable showing up at school.

These students need ways to reconnect with education. They need options that meet their needs and that enable and motivate them to re-engage academically and graduate.