All students deserve an engaging, enriching, and meaningful high school experience.
Nationally, students tend to become less engaged as they move through elementary school, the middle grades, and high school. While the stakes become higher—as credits count toward graduation and students begin to formalize and pursue their college and career plans—students are becoming more and more disconnected from school.
Focus on Grade 9 and Postsecondary Success
RISE high schools work across five focus areas to promote high school and postsecondary success. The RISE by 5 focus areas support innovation and improvement at the network, school, educator team, individual educator, and student levels. Importantly, each RISE high school pursues the RISE by 5 framework in unique ways to reflect local context and priorities, and variation across schools supports continued learning as a network community.
Over time, the RISE by 5 strategies have grown and evolved. For example, our initial set of strategies focused heavily on freshman success and Grade 9 interventions. Over time, our work together as a network has taken on a school-wide approach with increasing emphasis around college and career readiness, access, and success. We launched the network five years ago, and as we look ahead to the next five years, we are excited to update the RISE by 5 framework to better reflect what we do, what we’re learning, and where we’re headed.