ENGAGE TEENS IN TRACKING THEIR ATTENDANCE

Among middle and high school students, it is important to empower students to develop their own strategies for getting to school and to monitor when absences add up.

OUTREACH TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS

In middle and high school, it’s important to target messages toward students as well as parents. Schools can engage students with incentives, contests and strong messaging. Sports stars can be particularly powerful messengers.

Use these Attendance Works materials for outreach to parents:

Use these research-based handouts developed by the University of Chicago Consortium of Chicago School Research.

BULLYING AND ATTENDANCE

A quarter of U.S. middle and high school students report that they are bullied at school, and about 15 percent of those bullied student miss school because of it. See these resources:

GET SCHOOLED

Get Schooled makes attendance a priority by providing celebrity wake up calls for students, attendance competitions among schools, and other resources.

MENTORING

Mentoring has proven an effective strategy for improving attendance among teens who are chronically absent or at risk of becoming so. Different models use school staff, peers or National Service workers.

  • Check & Connect assigns trained mentors to at-risk students to improve engagement with school and learning through close monitoring of their attendance, behavior, and grades.
  • City Year uses AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools, where they work as tutors, mentors and role models. Attendance is a key focus.
  • Peer Group Connection; The Center for Supportive Schools uses a peer learning model to ensure a better transition from middle to high school.
  • RAMP: The Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program uses group, peer, and individual mentoring to build on existing career development efforts by schools and employers.