Model Program

SAFE (Saving All Freshmen Everywhere) Program

12465 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23606

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Contact Information:
Dr. Aaron L. Smith
Assistant Principal
757.232.4787
aaron.smith@nn.k12.va.us

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Recovery/Reentry

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Elementary
Middle School
High School
Adult

Urban

Individuals
Grade Level
School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

The SAFE Program is designed and yet flexible to do the following: Designed to initiate, monitor and adjust to the needs of over-aged and retained freshmen. Can be adopted to fit middle school / junior high models. No additional cost needed other than start-up. Provide students with hope and encouragement that they will graduate with their peers. In the 2009-2010 school year, almost 89% of retained freshman were able to be promoted or made progress towards receiving their GED thanks to this program.

Program Descriptors Include:
Early Childhood Education, Professional Development, Academic Improvement, Attendance/Truancy, Credit Recovery, Students with Disabilities, Study Skills

Strategies for Locating Students:
Unspecified

Starting Date: 2009
Students Served Per Year: 250-500
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk social behavior
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • No extracurricular participation

School factors

  • School policies and practices

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Independence

  • Positive/resilient temperament

Competence

  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy

Creativity

  • Flexibility

Optimism

  • Optimistic

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

School Districts

Teachers
Counselors
Social Workers
Graduation Coaches
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Computer/Internet Based

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

The SAFE program was initiated in August 2009 in an effort to help the retained freshmen be promoted to the 10th grade in a quick fashion. Two-hundred eighty one freshmen were identified as retainees at the beginning of the school year. Since then, 150 of them have been promoted or are now able to take the initial steps to begin acquiring their GED. As a result, the success rate as of February 1st is almost 60%. Currently, the program is being expanded to work with students that have accrued less than 2.5 high school credits, as well as accelerating those students with 4 or 4.5 credits to ensure that they will have the opportunity to be promoted by the end of the school year.

How evaluation data was collected:
Unspecified