In 2019 schools across Walton County posted the highest graduation rates in their history. The efforts of students, teachers, parents, administrators and school board members are to be commended for this extraordinary achievement.
Community leaders now must also accept their responsibility in helping this trend continue, because even at this historic rate, nearly one of every five students who enters the 9th grade in Walton County does not graduate with his or her class four years later. The economic impact of the drop-out crisis locally is more than $33 million per year. That’s the equivalent of the closing of a manufacturing plant that employs 90 people - every year.
Programs and services
Many students still need extra support in basic needs, college access, workforce preparation, motivation, attendance and discipline. That's where SSA comes in with school-wide programs and one-to-one support to help students take full advantage of their educational opportunities.
Years serving our community
Schools can’t do it alone. Student Success Alliance partners with the local school districts to implement many innovative programs that help students succeed.
with a $49 Million dollar impact on our local economy.
Each Site Coordinator conducts an annual needs assessment to determine the programs and services that would best benefit their school. Key initiatives include attendance, success motivation, student leadership, life skills, workforce preparation, career exploration, college access and basic needs such as food, clothing, medical, dental and vision support.
We connect students with the basic needs to be able to get to school, be in class and be ready to succeed. We partner with local non-profits, businesses and the community to provide things like food, school supplies, school appropriate clothing, medical, dental and vision support to our students.
Our Site Coordinators work one-on-one with students to help them set, monitor and meet their goals. Graduation is achieved one goal at a time by focusing on attendance, behavior, course performance and future plans.
Chronic absence (missing 10% or more of school days, excused or not) presents academic challenges that can result in failing subjects and even dropping out of high school. Many of our Site Coordinators serve on attendance committees at their schools and monitor their caseload students’ attendance.
The Walton Works Initiative recognizes the workforce challenges in our community and is a partnership among our school systems, Student Success Alliance, Development Authority of Walton County and other organizations. Walton Works provides programs that strengthen our local workforce by helping students explore careers and develop employability skills.