In 1999, Aspire opened its first school in Modesto, CA. Fifteen years later, Aspire Public Schools is one the nation’s highest-performing school systems serving primarily low-income students, and currently serves more than 13,000 students from Kindergarten to 12th grade in California and Tennessee. For the last four years, 100% of Aspire graduates have earned admission to a 4-year college. We spoke with Amy Fowler, Aspire’s Director of Secondary Education and Student Programs, to learn how the Aspire team used Schoolzilla to increase student retention and graduation rates.
The Problem: Student Attrition
“Aspire is focused on giving its students the best educational opportunities that they can,” Amy Fowler shared. “We really do believe that all kids can achieve this goal: we want 100% of our graduates to go to college. And, we simultaneously want 100% of our 9th graders to make it to 12th grade with us, not with someone else.” Because of this focus, Aspire was especially concerned about students who were choosing to leave.