The Institute for a Competitive Workforce (Common Goal: Raising the High School Graduation Rate in Marion County, May 25, 2010) indicates “every hour during the
school day, five kids will drop out of school in Marion County, Indiana.” More than 6,000 Marion County youth drop out of high school each year. According to the 2000 Census, 45% of Southeast side residents do not have a high school diploma or GED compared to less than 20% in Marion County as a whole. Without opportunities for adults to reclaim their educational path, high school dropouts face futures filled with limited employment and earning opportunities as well as greater likelihood of requiring social welfare assistance.
While the demand for dropout recovery programs is very high in Indianapolis, very few opportunities exist to address the needs of this growing population. Opening in August 2012, DORS will admit 175 adult learners and gradually add more until 300 students are reached annually.
Opportunity is knocking for adults in the Indianapolis area who have dropped out of high school and wish to come back and earn their high school diploma. The Mission of Christel House DORS is: “Christel House DORS empowers students by providing them the tools necessary to achieve high school graduation and post-secondary success. DORS will re-engage students who have previously left the educational system and allow students to choose their individual pathway to academic success. DORS will serve as a gateway for students to realize their hopes and dreams by becoming self-sufficient, contributing members of society.”
DORS will employ a highly individualized education approach, meeting students where they are academically, providing the supports each student needs to achieve their desired level of success. With a comprehensive menu of academic programs and life skills training, DORS will empower and support young adults as they strengthen and improve their lives, the lives of those depending upon them and, ultimately, the wider Indianapolis and central Indiana community.
Enrollment applications are currently available and the first application deadline is March 31, 2012. Forms can be picked up at the school: 2717 S. East St. Indianapolis, IN 46225. For more information please visit www.chdors.org or contact principal, Emily Masengale, at emasengale [at] chdors [dot] org or (317) 783-4690 ext. 1010.
Christel House DORS received charter authorization through the Mayor’s Office and is part of the Christel House International network of schools. Christel House International is a global nonprofit organization supporting five schools around the world educating children living in poverty.