Manor ISD strives to provide a great education to all of our students, including those that are economically disadvantaged.
The district partnered with Breakthrough Austin in 2011 to build a path through college for low-income students, starting in middle school, who will become the first in their family to graduate college. Breakthrough is a nonprofit that currently helps 159 students at Manor Middle School, 130 students at Decker Middle School, 119 at Manor High School, and 58 at Manor New Tech High.
"The partnership we have is deliberately planned," said Michael Griffith, Executive Director of Breakthrough Austin. "You have to start with us in 6th grade, and we add an additional 100 students each year. Once you are in, you are in for the entire secondary career. We'll continue our support after high school for up to six years, or until they receive a college degree."
In 2011, Breakthrough began helping 60 MISD students. That number has increased to 479 in 2016. By 2020, Breakthrough is expected to serve about 611 students. The program focuses on three areas researchers say are critical to school success: extended learning time, personalized attention and intervention, and long-term comprehensive support. This is done by:
-Intensive summer programs
-Enriching Saturday programs
-After school tutoring
-Individualized case management
-School year support and advocacy
-Student teaching students
-College persistence support
According to the most recent report, students on average gain the equivalent of 5 months of math skills, and the equivalent of 6 months of literacy skills. Students also take field trips and attend events over the summer. 94% of families surveyed reported that their child is more successful in school because of Breakthrough. 96% of students said that Breakthrough has made them confident in attending college.
The 2017-2018 year will be the first for students graduating from Breakthrough Austin.
"We are really thrilled to see all of their hard work come to fruition as they graduate high school and get into college," Griffith said. "Knowing the district under the leadership of Dr. Royce Avery is really thinking hard about how to innovate, we as an organization desire to serve more students, and to grow with the district."
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