A program that aims to stem the dropout rate in the country's high schools is finding success by targeting early-warning signs in students and offering intervention and support while they are still in middle school. Diplomas Now was piloted in Philadelphia's Feltonville School of Arts last year and has been expanded to schools in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Antonio and New Orleans. "Kids who fail math or English in sixth grade go on to start failing everything in ninth grade," one of the program's creators said.

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