The Role of Afterschool Programs in Increasing High School Graduation Rates in New York State

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New York State Afterschool Network

This policy brief aims to promote after-school programs as a way to prevent high school dropouts. The report includes research that links after-school programs to lower dropout rates, focusing on specific successful programs. Participants in a Los Angeles program, for instance, were 20 percent less likely to drop out than were peers who did not participate.

The report provides policy recommendations for forging partnerships between schools and after-school programs. They include encouraging elected officials and education policymakers to recruit a diverse range of community partners and to promote partnerships among school and after- school staff members. Free, four pages. (646) 943-8670,

  • rachel alterman wallack

    The link the report doesn’t work. We’d love to see the information, though; we know with absolutely certainty that participation in peer-education and quality after-school programs increases students’ success in high school completion and preparation for life after high school. But many supporters now want research data confirming the best practices we have long seen to be true. Let us know how to access the report? Thanks.

    *Editor’s note: The link has been repaired.