Grade 9 Summer Symposium

Building the Foundation for High School and Postsecondary Success

Join the RISE Network and school teams from around the region for a 2-day summer symposium to invest in Grade 9 on-track achievement as a key lever to improve high school graduation rates and postsecondary success! Together, we will transform high school experiences and student outcomes through replicable and impactful strategies!

About the Grade 9 Summer Symposium

  • What: 2-day learning experience for schools looking to invest in Grade 9 as a lever to promote high school and postsecondary success.
  • When: June 27-28, 2022, from 9 AM-4 PM each day.
  • Where: The Blake Hotel, located at 9 High Street in New Haven, Connecticut. The hotel will provide on-site parking, and attendees may access a reduced rate for overnight accommodations. 
  • Who: The symposium is designed for high school teams leading freshman success work; we encourage schools to send teams of 5 to 8 people, including the principal and Grade 9 administrator, teachers, and support staff. 
  • Cost: $1,300 per person. Individuals registering as a part of a team with 4+ people can receive a discounted rate of $1,100 per person.
  • Health and safety protocols: All attendees and staff must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. RISE is prioritizing the safety and comfort of all participants, including by following all local and federal health guidelines.
  • Questions? Please contact

Symposium Overview

Grade 9 on-track achievement – meaning whether or not a student earns enough credits during freshman year to advance on-time to sophomore year – is the single best predictor of on-time graduation. A strong Grade 9 experience lays the foundation for high school and postsecondary success. However, for far too many students, the middle to high school transition is marked by challenges that produce decreased engagement. The good news is that through practical strategies and new ways of collaborating, school teams can build a culture of freshman success and improve Grade 9 outcomes, while also increasing graduation rates and preparing students for eventual postsecondary success.

Join the RISE Network for the Grade 9 Summer Symposium, a 2-day professional learning experience designed to support school teams in building and refining strategies and school structures to promote freshman success. Participants will:

  • Understand the importance of Grade 9 by exploring local and national research;
  • Reflect on current school structures, practices, and outcomes affecting freshman success; 
  • Establish a clear vision and actionable plan to improve student outcomes and close opportunity gaps; and
  • Form an energetic community of educators committed to reflection and improvement.

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About the RISE Network

The RISE Network’s mission is to ensure all RISE high school students graduate with a plan and the skills and confidence to achieve college and career success. Founded in 2016, RISE partners with public high schools to lead networks where communities work together to use data to learn and improve. Through its core and most comprehensive network, RISE partners with nine high schools and eight districts, serving over 13,000 students in historically marginalized communities.

The Connecticut RISE Network has truly allowed me as a leader to help my team and schools to realign and redesign our approaches to supporting students, specifically freshmen.

District Administrator

RISE high schools work together to ensure all students experience success as they transition to, through, and beyond high school by using data to pinpoint needs, form hypotheses, and pursue ideas to advance student achievement. RISE high schools have improved Grade 9 promotion rates by nearly 20 percentage points, while also decreasing subgroup gaps and increasing schoolwide graduation and college access rates. In 2021, the RISE Network was honored to receive the Carnegie Foundation’s annual Spotlight on Quality in Continuous Improvement recognition.