National Report Concludes Camelot Education’s Model Builds Student Resilience and Delivers Diverse Opportunities for Students at Risk of Dropping Out
A new report from the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC), whose mission is to increase graduation rates through research and evidence-based solutions, concludes that Camelot Education’s model creates safe and supportive schools for students at risk of dropping out.
“The foundation of the work we do is rooted in our unique approach to connecting with and reengaging students impacted by trauma,” said Andrew Morrison, CEO of Camelot Education. “The success of the strategies, tools and supports in the program have as much to do with the adults in the building as with the students.”
As October marks National Dropout Prevention Month, Camelot Education recognizes its dedicated team of educators across its entire network for their tireless efforts to support their students and help them to re-engage and recommit to their own success in school and in life. Camelot prides itself on helping students realize their full potential, achieving an average 95% high-school graduation rate across the districts it serves.
The NDPC review included onsite visits to Camelot programs as well as in-person interviews with current students, school district partners, alumni, parents, and staff members. The NDPC found that Camelot’s curriculum and culture align with the organization’s Trauma-Skilled Schools Model, which is designed to support students who have experienced trauma and struggle to engage successfully in school or have already disengaged from the educational process.
“Trauma-impacted students need relationships and experiences that reshape mindsets and build resiliency to succeed in school, programs that support growth and development in all areas, especially those related to social and emotional advancement are critical,” said Ray McNulty, NDPC’s president. “Understanding trauma, including how it impacts styles and needs is the basis for becoming a trauma-skilled educator and helping to achieve desired student outcomes.”
For nearly two decades, Camelot Education has helped public school districts across the United States dramatically improve the climate, culture, and academic achievement of their most challenged schools through an immersive social-emotional learning experience that supports vulnerable students, enabling them to engage in school and achieve success in academics and in life. As part of Camelot’s commitment to supporting and promoting the growth of students in alternative school environments, both behaviorally and academically, Camelot continuously solicits feedback to identify areas for improvement.
The NDPC’s findings further reiterate Camelot’s commitment to seek ways to improve programming, identify and apply evolving best practices and adapt to changing student needs.