New program to help at-risk students at Rome City Schools

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Those who work in education have one common goal -- to help students succeed.

But the Rome City School District is up against a number of challenges that have contributed to low graduation rates.

On Tuesday, the district announced a new partnership with the program Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection.

The program works to boost graduation rates and give students the tools they need to succeed. Hillside will work with select students who meet at least two at-risk barriers.

"Those barriers include increases to students who are economically disadvantaged, increases to students who demonstrate attendance or academic performance issues as early as kindergarten in their reading readiness or readiness to learn math," said Superintendent Jeffrey Simon. "So, we have been a changing community that has needed to evolve because our demographic profile has changed."

Simon says the current graduation rate for Rome Free Academy is 73 percent. He hopes this program will help boost that number by two or three percent each year. The program is funded by the Community Foundation and the Rome City School District.

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