The gap between what schools are designed to do and what students need.

At City Year, we believe education has the power to help every student reach his or her potential. But, in high-poverty communities, there are external factors and obstacles students are faced with every day that can interfere with their ability to both get to school and show up ready and able to learn. Yet, these are the students who need a bit of extra, individualized support. However, there’s a gap between the kind of help they need and the support the schools are designed to provide. 

America’s schools are designed to provide extra support to just 15% of students. 

City Year Impact

But in many high-poverty communities, 50% or more students require additional academic, social, or emotional support.

The result of this gap is a shockingly high dropout rate in high-poverty communities. 

50 percent of the 800,000 students who drop out each year come from only 10 percent of schools. And when a student drops out of school, it not only affects him or her, it also has a lasting effect on our communities and society as a whole.

The impact of students who drop out.

But, there is a solution.

Within these communities, dropouts are often highly concentrated, so we’re able to identify and target the specific schools that are in need of extra support. From there, we can start working to put students on the right path to graduation—which is where City Year comes in.

At City Year, we partner with  most at-risk schools to help bridge the gap between what their students need and what the schools are designed to provide. In doing so, we’re helping students reach their full potential and graduate high school in communities all across America.