Englewood Schools

Belong and Thrive

Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement

Englewood Schools is committed to ensuring that all students reach their full learning potential, and in doing so, earn a high school diploma and demonstrate readiness for postsecondary education and the workforce. Englewood recognizes the critical impact a high school diploma has on a student’s future, and therefore has developed tightly woven strategies and action steps to promote high school graduation and dropout prevention across the district.  The following initiatives are underway to address dropout prevention:

  • An alternative learning environment offered at the Englewood Student Support Center (ESSC) serving students who desire a blended face-to-face and technology-delivered curriculum. 
  • Specific identification of and targeted services to students demonstrating at-risk factors (failing grades in core subjects, low attendance, and disengagement in the classroom including behavior problems)
  • Highschool credit recovery programs
  • Programs designed to address key educational transition periods (6th to 7th grade transition and 8th to 9th grade transition)
  • Implementation of Individual Career and Academic Plans for all 7th through 12th graders
  • Middle and high school advisory programs for all 7th through 12th graders
  • Implementation of American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards for all secondary counselors to ensure comprehensive school counseling services that address students’ academic, career, and social/emotional needs.
  • Ongoing Dropout Prevention and Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness professional development for counselors, teachers and administrators.
  • Expansion of Concurrent Enrollment, Advanced Placement, and Career and Technical Education courses to promote rigorous and relevant learning and overall student engagement.
  • Implementation of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) programs at Englewood High School, Englewood Middle School, and Colorado’s Finest Alternative High School. AVID is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle.
  • Outreach services and interventions provided by Colorado Youth for a Change to students who have dropped out in order to re-engage and re-enroll them in school.
Englewood’s focus on dropout prevention will continue to deliver research-based strategies and initiatives to ensure our students graduate from high school ready for postsecondary education and the workforce.  For more information on any of these initiatives, please contact Diana Zakhem, Director of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness at diana_zakhem@engschools.net.