More schools see 9th grade as a pivotal year

11/2/2013 | Atlantic online, The

More schools are targeting ninth-graders for their dropout prevention measures amid research that shows this is the grade that may determine whether students stay in school. Some schools are offering students lessons on social and study skills or are partnering with nonprofit groups that provide activities and coordinators to help students prepare for high school and set goals that make school more relevant to them.

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