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A single-course setback didn’t push this student off-track

  • Joanna
  • March 5, 2019

Does this sound familiar?

Danielle wasn’t “at-risk.” Not in the way most people currently think, at least. She was an A and B student, an athlete, and a member of student government.

But in her junior year, she ran into a single subject that — for whatever reason — stopped her in her tracks.

“Chemistry was just a challenge for me,” she said. “I think my teacher was trying. I was trying. And I even thought it was interesting. But something wasn’t clicking.”

She wasn’t alone. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 15 percent of students will need some form of credit recovery during their high school years.

Danielle didn’t want a single failed course to stop her from pursuing her goal of participating in track and field at a great university. And her school’s leaders didn’t want that, either.

That’s why school leaders are partnering with Graduation Alliance to offer single courses to students who could benefit from re-taking a class in a different format, through Tier One of our On-Demand Education Solutions.

That’s all it took to get Danielle back on track — literally and figuratively. In her senior year, she received athletic scholarship offers from several universities.


Do you want to prevent small setbacks from turning into big barriers for your students? Graduation Alliance can help. Our tiered services are being used by schools across the nation to help students earn original credit, overcome academic or life obstacles, and stay on the path to reaching their post-secondary goals. If you are a school district interested in learning more click here.