WNYC's education reporters are teaming up with the Radio Rookies to explore the drop-out crisis, from inside one high school. And it is a crisis in pockets of New York City despite rising graduation rates overall. At West Brooklyn Community High School, anywhere between 45 percent and 65 percent of eligible students earn a diploma within six years. In this series, we will bring the voices of the real experts: the West Brooklyn students, educators and counselors who every day are defining what it means to make up for lost time, and what it takes to stay on track to graduation.
The series is part of American Graduate, a public media initiative supported by the Corporation of Public Broadcasting.
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Danielle Motindabeka has overcome incredible odds to succeed in the United States—she has learned English and made a home here. She tried very hard to graduate high school, and the last test she needed is one she's failed three times.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Radio Rookies hosted a surprise "graduation" ceremony for 2014 high school graduate Danielle Motindabeka at WNYC. Current and past Radio Rookies from as far back as 2004 came to celebrate along with New York Public Radio staff.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Radio Rookie Danielle Motindabeka reported this week that she was taking the US History Regents exam for the fourth and final time. It's the one thing standing in the way of her getting her high school diploma. Danielle went to find out her results.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
It was a battle to the end for Paula Dinh. After years of skipping class and other bad habits, followed by a big push to change her ways, Paula finds out if she finally earned a high school diploma.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Danielle Motindabeka has overcome incredible odds to succeed in the United States - she has learned English, made a home here and is trying very hard to graduate high school. And the last test she needs is one she's failed three times already.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
A counselor for high school students with attendance issues says he hammers his message home, again and again: "This is something you can change. So get on your grind and go hard. You’re here for a second chance."
Friday, June 13, 2014
When people think about teen parents, they usually picture a young mom. But what about the dads? Radio Rookie Marvin Ramos has a young daughter, but he has to come to terms with his own father before he can be the kind of parent he wants to be.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Cigarettes. Long showers. Deli runs. Teens can come up with a lot of reasons why they can't make it to class. At this Brooklyn high school, the staff is on the move, making sure the students stay—and graduate.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
NYC students representing a wide range of high schools voiced their questions and concerns about the school system straight to people in charge at a WNYC/SchoolBook live event.
Monday, June 02, 2014
Does stability in school leadership lead to higher graduation rates? For students at New York City public high schools that may the case, according to a WNYC/SchoolBook analysis of city data.
Monday, May 19, 2014
New York City school kids aren't allowed to bring their phones to class. But at one Brooklyn high school, teachers are playing by their own rules.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
For Paula Dinh, the path to graduation has been a long one, with times when she questioned her ability — and desire — to finish high school.
Friday, March 21, 2014
High school students who are chronically absent can get another chance. WNYC's The Takeaway explores how intensive social-emotional supports at one NYC high school pay off for many students who might otherwise drop out.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
"Just because our students are older and have dropped or transferred out of traditional schools does not mean they are inherently difficult," wrote a teacher. "At least not more than any other adolescent."
Friday, January 31, 2014
Many students at West Brooklyn High School take the Regents exams multiple times. And there are more than a few who come to school solely to prep for the tests. The higher score requirement increases the pressure on students already facing an uphill battle to graduate.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
A high school diploma is only the beginning of what my students need to secure a better future. As the principal of a transfer high school, I am a strong believer in job training and college experience for my kids while they are still in high school.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
To enroll at West Brooklyn Community High School, students must buy in to a certain level of support and counseling. In exchange, the school promises to keep them on track to graduate, no small feat for those who have struggled in at least one high school before this one.