Dropout Recovery – Clark County School District, Las Vegas
The Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada faces some of the most difficult challenges in the nation. Ombudsman was contracted to start a hybrid online learning program for 300 at-risk students in the district. Ombudsman contracted with Zero Dropouts in fall 2011 to create and run an outreach campaign to help up to 30 high school dropouts return to the new school. We started by working with the school district to obtain appropriate data to identify potential dropouts, and their contact information. With a Zero Dropout contracted staff in Las Vegas we attempted to reach over 300 students in a 7-week period of time to help 10 high school dropouts enroll back in school. Our staff worked to address significant barriers for students to return to school and acted as the liaison between students and the new school. Through this collaborative approach, we established the case that there are out-of-school students in Las Vegas that want to return to school to be successful.