Preparing for the Transition to High School

Middle to High School Transition

For many at-risk students, failure to keep up in 9th-grade courses may be a key factor in the decision to drop out of high school. Whether it is targeted remediation for students in middle school, a summer bridge program between 8th and 9th grades, or a 9th-grade academy, districts find success using Apex Learning digital curriculum, which provides solutions to help educators meet the diverse needs of transitioning students and put them on the path to graduation.


Boston Public Schools, MA

District Expands Digital Curriculum to Middle School Intervention

Following on the success of the credit recovery program, Boston Public Schools implemented Apex Learning digital curriculum in its Failure is Not an Option Program (FNOP), which focuses on intervention for struggling 8th and 9th graders. Students enrolled in FNOP complete the Apex Learning Foundations courses, which are designed to bring reading comprehension and math skills up to grade level.

“The program has been particularly successful at the middle school level because the 8th graders, like our high school seniors, are personally motivated to finish,” noted Manfredi. During the 2011–2012 school year, the district plans to double the number of middle and high schools offering FNOP.