So much of adult life can be determined by high school graduation. Being a high school dropout has tremendous repercussions for students and communities. It has been shown to predict health, mortality, teen childbearing, marital outcomes and crime. Did you know that in Georgia 75% of 9th grade students graduate high school, but if English is your second language, that drops by 40% (only 35% graduate). On average, high school graduates make at least $10,000 more annually.
A study by Northeastern University shows that students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers. So we can be most effective in decreasing the dropout rate by tutoring elementary age students and showing parents the value of education.
In 2012, we partnered with Berkeley Lake Elementary to begin an education focused program, Corners Academy, which provides after school tutoring as well as a summer camp in Norcross, GA. We now partner with eight Title 1 elementary schools, and are building strong academic tutoring programs in schools of great need. For each school, we ask the principal where we can help the most struggling students and then cater to those specific needs. We have created a curriculum focused on dual language learners, since 90% of Corners Academy students are speaking English as their second language.
You are integral to our program. We believe in education and the power of relationships. We want to see you leverage your time to connect with our students. Volunteers are welcome to bring their children when they come. It's a great way to connect students across our community.
Thank you for your interest in serving along side of us in our communities!
at a glance
We've accomplished a lot over the years, and we're proud of what we are doing.
From stats on how much high school drop outs cost taxpayers to how many snacks and meals we've provided over the past year, our infographic on Corners Academy is an easy way to see the difference we are making in our community.
Corners Compass is a social-emotional learning tool that spans our entire organization. Eight key principals teach students that they have a right to be here, and a right to be a part of their community.
Many people we serve do not perceive themselves as wanted or valued members of community, due to poverty, immigration, race and ethnicity.
We've partnered with six schools in Gwinnett and Dekalb counties, and our homework clubs are located in the neighborhoods of the students we serve.
If you are looking to get connected to a specific location, or find out which one is closest to you, we have all of that information available on our locations page, along with our director's names and contact info.