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Nearly 800 Detroit Public Schools high school seniors who were struggling academically will graduate on time this month after participating in the district’s Extended Day Program, which helps students recover lost credits during the school year.
The extended-day program provides additional instruction and support to students who are struggling academically. It operates in 102 schools and serves approximately 9,720 students, including 1022 high school seniors. The program will graduate 776 seniors, which is an 89 percent success rate.
“The success of this program shows the value of our efforts to increase the amount of instructional time students receive,” said Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb. “The extended day program, summer school and the additional time for math and reading required under our new DPS Academic Plan are creating every opportunity and providing more support than ever before for students to graduate on time.”
This year the program was free for the first time and expanded to include students in ninth through 11th grades.
High school students in every comprehensive high school in the district can attend classes for 2-3 hours after school on 3-5 days each week to recover credits for failed classes in math, English, science and social studies, with the schedule varying based on the needs of each school.
Among the top successes were Mumford, which is graduating an additional 102 students and Northwestern, which will have 119 more graduates than it would have without the program.