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Grad Solutions Partners with Maricopa County School Superintendent
Grad Solutions and Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson Join Forces to Empower Student Success and Reduce Dropout Rates
Maricopa County, July 25, 2023 – Grad Solutions and Maricopa County School Superintendent, Steve Watson are excited to announce a strategic partnership to meet every student’s social, emotional, and academic needs and reduce high school dropout rates in Maricopa County. With a shared mission to provide support and re-engagement opportunities, this collaboration aims to positively impact the lives of students in Maricopa County and throughout Arizona.
The partnership, signed by Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson and Grad Solutions CEO Jim Lee, sets ambitious goals and objectives to assist 500 students during the first year of the partnership in completing their high school education and opening doors to future opportunities.
By leveraging its expertise and resources, Maricopa County Regional School District (MCRSD) aims to create an environment where students thrive and succeed. Grad Solutions will offer a comprehensive approach, including an individualized learning plan for each student, highly-qualified certified instructors-supported curriculum, tutoring services, personalized mentoring, and college & career counseling. The curriculum aligns with Arizona State Standards, ensuring a robust and valuable educational experience.
“Every student deserves the opportunity to succeed academically and realize their full potential. This partnership will help us reach out to those students who have faced challenges in their educational journey and provide them with the tools, resources, and support necessary to rejoin the path to success.”Superintendent Steve Watson
The CEO of Grad Solutions, Jim Lee, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, “I am excited about the partnership with the Maricopa County School Superintendent to provide educational services to students that previously dropped out of high school. We believe this will be an amazing opportunity to serve the students in Maricopa County and help them get back on the path to graduation and beyond! We are projecting that we can reconnect thousands of Maricopa County disconnected youth back into school and into the workforce by joining hands with many organizations focused on improving outcomes for our youth.”
Addressing the high school dropout crisis requires unique strategies; this partnership is determined to make a difference. Grad Solutions has been specifically designed to meet the needs of at-risk youth, providing them with an alternative option tailored to their individual circumstances.
The Grad Solutions and Maricopa County School Superintendent partnership is poised to make a transformative impact in the lives of students and the community. Together, they are determined to empower students, reduce dropout rates, and ensure every student can achieve their full potential.
About Grad Solutions:
Grad Solutions is an Arizona-based education service provider that partners with school districts, charter schools, and County Superintendents to help reconnect and empower students to customize their educational journey. By utilizing the expert support systems available through Grad Solutions, students can create their own schedules and work on their classes anytime or anywhere through the online learning platform. Grad Solutions provides an individualized learning plan for each student, a personalized mentor team, rockstar instructors certified in their content area, and barrier-busting wraparound services to help guide students on their path to graduation, all at no cost to the student or their families.
- Designed for students between 16-21 years of age residing in Arizona who have withdrawn from school.
- Individual learning plans are based on each student’s personal progress within courses as they make their way toward graduation.
- Award-winning curriculum is available to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and is supported by a team of certified and highly qualified Arizona-based instructors.
- Each student’s personal mentor works with them every step toward earning their diploma and setting them up for their next steps.
- Numerous HUB (Helping Undo Barriers) locations provide in-person resource spaces where students receive support to accomplish their goals.
About the Office of the Maricopa County School Superintendent:
The Office of the Maricopa County School Superintendent is led by elected Superintendent Steve Watson. The office is statutorily responsible to provide services supporting school governing board elections, bond and override elections, appointments, school finance, and maintaining homeschool and private school records. The superintendent leverages the office to strengthen teachers’ voices, increase respect for the education profession, and create resources that expand the capacity of teachers, administrators, and support staff. The superintendent also oversees the Maricopa County accommodation school.
To learn more, please visit: https://schoolsup.org/
View the Press Release from the Office of the Maricopa County School Superintendent.
For media inquiries and further information, please contact:
Contact Person: Elizabeth Urquijo