What’s the difference between truancy and chronic absence?
July 26, 2017

  Whenever a child does not attend school, it’s detrimental to their education. According to Attendance Works, the leading national organization on school attendance, there are two ways that people refer to absenteeism: truancy and chronic absence. These words are not interchangeable, and describe two different aspects of the problem with different solutions. Truancy Truancy refers […]

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The Requirements for Graduation
June 8, 2017

  Graduation season is fast approaching! If your child has been attending class and has completed the requirements below then they will receive a diploma this year. Did you know that all students must also complete 100 hours of community service to receive a high school diploma? For the past five years, graduation rates for […]

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Show Up, Stand Out and Win Prizes
May 15, 2017

  We know it’s not easy to get your kids to go to school, so with a little help from technology, your child can win prizes for attending school. Show Up, Stand Out has created a mobile app that rewards students for regular attendance. Students can simply download the app onto their smartphones and check […]

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Improving Academic Performance After Hours
April 24, 2017

  Afterschool programs are designed for students to continue learning after the traditional school day has ended. DC schools provide high-quality programming that is available to students in PK3 through grade 5 at elementary schools and PK3 through grade 8 at education campuses.   Afterschool programs offer both academic and extracurricular activities for students. Students […]

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Attendance Gaps Leads to Achievement Gaps
March 13, 2017

  Helping your child succeed in school starts with attendance. When children attend school every day, their capacity to learn and excel increases, building a foundation for a great future. Missing a few days of school may not seem like a big problem, but poor attendance leads to achievement gaps in a child’s education. Poor […]

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Strengthening the Parent and Teacher Partnership
January 18, 2017

Getting your children to school can be tough. The good news is, you’re not alone. Partner with your child’s teacher to help get them back on track for a successful school year. Here are some easy ways to get started and take the first step:   Communicate: Positive communication is the key to establishing a […]

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Back To School Time
September 8, 2016

Welcome back to school! As the school bell rings, it’s time to think about how to keep your kids coming to school every day for the entire school year.

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A Success Story: Latonya
July 20, 2016

My name is Latonya. I have four children – a 21-year old son and three daughters aged 18, 7 and 2. Last year was a very hard year for my family. I was out of work, and we were homeless. Not knowing where you’re going to be staying each night makes everything more difficult. Constantly […]

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10 Tricks and Tips for Helping Your Kids Get to School
July 14, 2016

We understand that it can be very hard to get your kids to school every day but your child deserves a great education. Check out these 10 tips that can help you and your kids: Stick to a routine. Make a plan for the morning to get yourself to work and your kids to school […]

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A Troubling Statistic About Absences
July 1, 2016

During the 2013-2014 school year in D.C, 56 percent of students were chronically truant after accumulating more than 10 unexcused absences. This statistic is troubling because when students do not attend school on a daily basis, it not only hurts them but their other classmates. Teachers have to repeat what they have already taught which […]

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