Student Success Program

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The Student Success Program (SSP) is a collaborative, school-based program for EASD students grades 5-8 that intends to close the achievement gap for at-risk children and ensure their ultimate school success and graduation by promoting positive school engagement. The program focuses on improving the “ABCs” of attendance, behavior and classroom performance by teaching children self awareness and self management life skills, enabling them to take personal responsibility and make positive decisions. The program has two components. The first component is open to all students, and includes participation in the Botvin LifeSkills® classroom-based training, a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse and violence. The second component of the Student Success Program is one-on-one case management for students who demonstrate risk for failure in attendance, behavior and grades. Case management includes regular contact with a caring adult and continual review of how the student is progressing with attendance, behavior and classroom performance. The program is designed to last one full school year.

The Student Success Program was initiated in 1999 by ProJeCt at the request of the Easton Area School District to address disturbing behavior patterns gleaned through student surveys and behavior and attendance records. Analysis of the information indicated two core issues facing students — family poverty and under-education. The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley recognized similar needs and named both Easton Area Middle School and Paxinosa Elementary as United Way Community Schools, designed to level the playing field for schools with a high poverty rate. A United Way Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. With its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement, the goal is to improve student learning, strengthen families and build healthier communities.

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