Only 15% of Pittsburgh Public Schools students who enter 9th grade earn a higher education degree. If this trend continues, students will struggle to earn a living in today's economy and the city of Pittsburgh will struggle as well.
Fortunately, The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship has eliminated the financial barrier to higher education, but students still need to learn the behaviors and habits of mind to prepare them for Promise eligibility and success after high school.
Many Pittsburgh Public Schools teachers recognize that this is their responsibility. They became educators to have a long-lasting impact on students and want to do more to foster the overall readiness of their students for life after high school. But in order to do this, they need time and help from their peers to ensure that students reach their goals.
In the 2010-11 school year, principals, teachers, counselors and social workers from each of the highest need high schools joined together to design the Promise-Readiness Corps (PRC), a tightly knit team of highly effective teachers and staff that transition a cohort of approximately 100-120 9th grade students as they enter high school, supporting them through their 9th and 10th grade years and delivering them to 11th grade Promise-Ready.