Ninth grade a make-or-break year for students

05/12/2004 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

In Prince George's County, Md., last year, nearly 22% of the county's 12,229 ninth-graders had to repeat their freshman year. By creating specialized academies, providing mentors and offering study-skills classes, schools in the metro Washington, D.C., area are redoubling their efforts to help students make it through this watershed year.

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