Education

 

Rockwell Fund will provide grants in support of dropout prevention strategies that target the intermediate and middle school years.

There is a growing body of research that shows that students who drop out of high school actually begin the process as early as sixth grade (in the words of one expert, "they drop out in middle school; they just don't leave until high school"). We believe that investing in quality interventions at this level will result in improved educational and developmental outcomes for at-risk, middle school youth.

We will support organizations that pursue at least one of the following dropout prevention models at a systems level, rather than interventions limited to only one school or setting:

  • Mentoring/tutoring
  • Alternative schooling
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Educational technology
  • School-community collaboration
  • Career and technical education
  • Teen pregnancy prevention