Our Work

The Opportunity Network recognizes that students have varying needs and learn in different ways. Sometimes circumstances outside of school can make attending a traditional school difficult for some students, while some students thrive in settings that offer specific supports. That’s why the district offers alternative schools and programs designed to help all students succeed academically and graduate ready for college or career.

Each year, 1.2 million students drop out of high school.

Research has shown that nearly 40% of young people between the ages of 16 and 24 are under-attached or unattached to school or work. Being disconnected from school is even more common if that student lives in an urban setting, is from a low-income family and/or is a member of a minority group. This segment of society, know as Opportunity Youth, is the source of unlimited economic and social potential. Our Back on Track model focuses on preparing these ambitious students for college and career by providing high quality instruction, post-secondary bridging, social supports and skills training.

Most Philadelphia students who disconnect from high school do so between their 10th and 11th grade years.

Various circumstances may lead to the decision to drop out and prevent a student from earning their diploma as scheduled. However, there are also trends that we can identify – allowing educators, policy makers and other stakeholders to develop targeted responses to re-engage disconnected youth. One of the ways in which Philadelphia targets and engages disconnected youth is through the development of strategic partnerships. A network of providers and agencies whose shared mission of providing enriching opportunities to young Philadelphians drives program development and funding.

The Opportunity Network is committed to empowering ALL young people to RE-ENGAGE and ADVANCE, finding college and career pathways that fit their interests and needs. Please explore our website to discover your Pathway to Graduation!

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Fast Facts

Over 3,000 students dropped out of Philadelphia public high schools during the 2016-2017 school year.

African American boys are more likely to disconnect from school than any other ethnic group.

Nationally, Hispanic girls are more likely to drop out that their male counterparts.

The #1 reason young people disconnect is because they “don’t like school.”

In 2016, 69% of children living in poverty lived in a home where at least 1 parent did not complete high school.

Of all males ages 28-33 currently in federal or state prison, 80% do not have a high school diploma.

Only 4% of teenage mothers finish high school by age 22.

Only about 30% of youth in the foster care system graduate high school. Less than 3% earn a 4-year college degree.