Elev8 Local Initiatives

The Elev8 initiative is being implemented in New Mexico, Chicago, Oakland and Baltimore.

Collaborating with schools, parents, nonprofits, philanthropy and members of the community, each local initiative works to ensure that students have the support they need to succeed in middle school and beyond.


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On average, students’ GPAs drop a full letter grade between eighth and ninth grades. Students who experience this decline in GPA are by no means doomed to failure, especially if they live in neighborhoods where they can access support services. However, for students who are already struggling and lack access to help (a common scenario in low-income neighborhoods), a decline in grades during this transition makes it even harder to get on track toward graduation.
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