In New York City, approximately 39% of students who enter ninth grade each fall fail to graduate with their peers four years later.

Graduate, Prepare, Succeed (GPS-NYC) helps ninth grade students with a history of chronic absenteeism graduate on time and ready for college. The initiative pairs schools with community-based organizations to provide students with holistic services that address barriers to attending school Students receive academic support, attendance outreach, counseling, and case management.

GPS works to ensure that students gain a minimum of 10 credits in the ninth grade--a positive indicator of graduation--by providing credit-bearing opportunities both inside and outside school.The initiative also offers students college and career exploration and preparation activities.Now beginning its second year, GPS is working via 60 public high schools and 33 community-based organizations.

GPS aims to significantly improve educational outcomes throughout the New York City via a program-to-policy approach. Through rigorous data collection and program evaluation, United Way will be able to determine which approaches are most effective and then work with our partners in academia and government to incorporate best practices into policy that will ultimately benefit students throughout the entire New York City public school system.

Our Funding Partners:

  • Deloitte
  • The Norinchukin Foundation
  • New York City Department of Education