Georgia Perimeter College DeKalb County Schools

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					Georgia Perimeter College
& DeKalb County Schools
Partnering to Address High School
 Dropout/Graduation Issues and
  Increase College Enrollments
   Robert Wigfall, Director
   Gina Gavin, Assistant Director
   Dr. Margaret Venable, Assistant Vice President, Educational
    Outreach/Educational Affairs, Georgia Perimeter College
   Dr. Dennis Harkins, Clarkston Campus Provost, Georgia
    Perimeter College
   Dr. Virginia Michelich, Vice President, Educational Affairs,
    Georgia Perimeter College
   Dr. Anthony Tricoli, President, Georgia Perimeter College
   Dr. Garry McGiboney, Deputy Superintendent, DeKalb
    County Schools
   Dr. Jim Mullins, Director of Governmental Relations and
    Special Projects, DeKalb County Schools
   Dr. Crawford Lewis, Superintendent, DeKalb County Schools
   2004-05 GPC snapshot:
       Total Headcount 20,000+ (nonresidential 2-year college)
       45% White
       34.5% Black
       10% Asian
       6% Multiracial
       4% Hispanic
       16% Non-US citizens
       62% female
       55% part-time
       average age 25.4; median age 23
       6 campuses/sites in the Atlanta metropolitan area
       3rd largest institution in the University System of Georgia
   September 2006 DeKalb County Schools
       101,817 students enrolled
       75.6 % African American
       10.1 % White
       3.2 % Asian
       8.5 % Hispanic
       2.5 % Other
   DeKalb County Charter School, opened in August of
    2005 on Clarkston Campus of GPC
   A replication of a very successful early college
    model in Portland, Oregon, targeting HS students
    who have not been successful in traditional
    classrooms so far
   Part of Bill & Melinda Gates Early College Initiative
    with start-up funds from Portland Community
    College (Gates Foundation Intermediary)
   Students take GPC college classes and earn
    college credits and HS diploma credits
    simultaneously to complete their HS diploma.
   Students work with an assigned “Resource
    Specialist” (counselor) throughout their time
    in the Academy
   Who are the Students?
         DeKalb Co. School System students (ages 16 through
          20) who have not been successful in traditional high
          schools – typically behind in credits for their age but
          capable of completing the HS diploma through
          college classes by age 21
         Students capable of succeeding in college courses
          after a semester of remediation (minimum 8th grade
          reading level required for admission to Academy)
   Who are the Students? (As of Fall 2006)
         87.9 % Black/African-American; 4.6 % Multiracial;
          2.3 % White/Caucasian; 2.3% Other; 1.7 % American
          Indian/Alaskan Native; 1.1 % Asian/Pacific Islander
         36% female; 54% male
         Average age on entering Academy, 17 years old
         33.5 % were still enrolled in HS but were planning to
          drop out; 30.1 % were no longer attending HS; 11.4 %
          were in HS but were not on schedule to graduate; 4 %
          were in HS but were not attending regularly
   Who are the Students?
         Day and evening (late afternoon) students
          many work at least part-time
         a few are parents
         some have family and/or medical issues
         many have financial issues
   New students enter each fall and spring semester
    (currently no real funding for summer school)
   First semester of review/remediation coursework is
    spent as a learning community of 18 students per
    group studying basic reading, writing, mathematics
    as well as study skills and career development
   Students must earn grades of “C” or better to
    transition into mainstream college classes
   Students take college placement exams near the end
    of this first semester
                      Academy Stats:
   Despite the lack of a high school diploma, the
    Gateway to College Academy early college students
    perform very well on college placement tests:
       In Fall 2006, 38 % of the newly admitted students placed
        into collegiate English
       24 % of the students placed into collegiate Math (Fall
       19 % of the students placed out of all learning support
        requirements (Fall 2006)
                   Academy Stats:
   Overall, for the first academic year (2005-06), the
    Gateway to College Academy’s GHSGT results
    stack up well compared to other alternative schools:

            Engl./Lang Arts     Math      Writing (Fall)
Gateway           92% pass      71%          100%
Open Campus       77%           63%           76%
DeKalb Alt. Day 58%             74%           75%
DeKalb Alt. Nite 70%            89%          (N <5)
   Funding:
       $350,000 start-up funding from Portland
        Community College, intermediary for Bill and
        Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with the
        Carnegie Corporation of NY, the Ford
        Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
       $400,000 charter school implementation grant
        funds (federal funds through GA Dept. of Ed.),
        also used to defray initial costs of starting school
   Funding:
       K-12 FTE dollars obtained as a DeKalb County
        charter school at alternative education funding
       Approx. $8800/student annually estimated
        earnings per student last year; ~$10,800/student
        annually estimated for FY07
   Additional Budget Information
       Students pay student fees (approx. $242/semester) but the
        Academy pays for books and tuition expenses on behalf
        of the students
       All textbooks are loaned and “recycled” as they are in a
        traditional high school
       FT tuition costs Academy approx. $1040/semester per
       Accel (Joint Enrollment version of HOPE) pays tuition
        for some courses (but no “double dipping”)
   Additional Budget Information
       GPC provides remodeled space for the Academy
        including utilities, custodial services, protective
        services, office and classroom furniture, etc.
       GPC’s Foundation has established a new
        scholarship fund to help students who have
        financial difficulties with fees, summer tuition,
        transportation and/or living expenses
                    Academy Staffing:
For 2006-07 staff, the Academy has:
      Director & Assistant Director
      Intake Outreach Specialist, Secretary and PT Records
      4 Resource Specialists and a Head Resource Specialist
      2 Math Instructors & 2 English Instructors
      Several PT tutors and lab facilitators
DeKalb Early College Academy
   DeKalb County School (not a charter school)
   Opened in August of 2006 with
    approximately 100 9th grade students
   Housed primarily in a wing of nearby
    Avondale High School
DeKalb Early College Academy
   By the time students enter 11th grade, they
    will be ready to enter college-level courses on
    the Clarkston campus of GPC where they will
    earn dual credits toward both an associate’s
    degree and their high school diploma
   Within 5 years of entering DECA, students
    will be able to complete both their high school
    diplomas and earn at least 60 college credits
    toward an associate’s degree.
DeKalb Early College Academy
   Bill & Melinda Gates Early College High School
    Initiative ( P-16 Initiatives Office of the Board of
    Regents is the funding intermediary for DECA)
   The target population for DECA is rising 9th graders
    who historically have lower than average high
    school and college attendance or graduation rates
    and/or students who do not traditionally perform
    well on standardized tests
DeKalb Early College Academy
   Classes within DECA are small and the
    Academy itself will never exceed a total
    enrollment of 400 students including those
    students who have transitioned to the college
   A variety of activities and services are
    provided to students beginning in 9th grade to
    help ensure that students are ready for college
    classes in 11th grade