Victoria I.S.D. partners with Graduation Alliance

The program plans to help students who are in danger of dropping out, have dropped out or are behind

VICTORIA, Texas – Victoria I.S.D. recently partnered with Graduation Alliance. Both plan to help recover district students who are in danger of dropping out of school, have dropped out of school or are significantly behind in core subject classes.

Through an online setting, the Graduation Alliance dropout recovery plan is a diploma completion recovery program provided for students.

Based on recent updates within HB-3706, districts are allowed to run an online dropout recovery program. They can use the same funding structure as the Texas Virtual Schools Network (TXVSN). The Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved V.I.S.D. to implement an Optional Flexible School Day Program (OFSDP). OFSDP will be used through the Graduation Alliance for the 2021-22 school year.

So far, within the first three weeks of implementation, Victoria I.S.D. has referred 27 students to Graduation Alliance as potential candidates for the program. Graduation Alliance has enrolled 14 possible and former V.I.S.D. dropouts into the recovery program.

“VISD recognizes student success may occur outside the boundaries of a traditional classroom,”
said Dawn Maroney, director of Student Services for VISD. “By partnering with Graduation
Alliance, VISD will reconnect with dropouts through an alternative online setting and increase
student opportunities for a successful future.”

Victoria I.S.D. continues to prioritize the efforts of increasing the number of students who achieve their “And” through one of the following:

  • completing high school with a technical certificate,
  • enlistment in the military or
  • enrollment in a technical school, community college or university

V.I.S.D.’s Dropout Prevention and Recovery Team meets every month to review the most recent dropouts. They also attempt to recover those students by enrolling them in an alternative program or monitor their GED completion progress.

Support services offered through the program include:

  • outreach and engagement,
  • transcript analysis,
  • Wi-Fi enabled laptops and mobile hotspots,
  • Texas-aligned curriculum facilitated by Texas licensed teachers, and
  • coaching and mentoring by academic coaches and local advocates

The program also utilizes CTE and Industry Based Certification preparation programs that relate directly to job opportunities within the state.

“Our team is energized when we work with districts like Victoria who make a meaningful effort to
seek out and support HS dropouts and high-risk students,” said Ron Klausner, CEO of
Graduation Alliance. Thanks for affording us the opportunity to collectively impact arguably the
most disenfranchised people in our nation. We look forward to continuing this work with Dr.
Shepherd and the Victoria ISD team.”

Graduation Alliance online dropout recovery program’s trademark is the individualized support students receive during their time in the program. Students face barriers, typically as a result from real-life issues. They also have little relation to individual abilities or skills. Some face chronic health issues, while others struggle to support a family as head of the household. Others suffer from debilitating social anxiety. Students participating in the program receive flexibility of time and place.

You can find more information on Victoria I.S.D.’s website. You can also follow them on Facebook for more news and updates.