Oregon High School program helping freshman stay on track to graduate
Oregon High School’s program ‘Hawks Take Flight’ provides freshman students with out of the classroom mentoring to ensure they stay on track to graduate.
Six teachers dedicate their time to help students during study halls or after school with homework, attendance or anything else they may need to help with to be successful.
Oregon High School Spanish teacher Kim Radostits says this program is really much more than just homework help.
“You just really develop a passion for helping students,” said Radostits. “You also just develop a soft spot for building relationships with these really awesome kids. They’re just great. They really are.”
Freshmen who have participated in the program say it has really impacted their overall success in high school.
“You’re on your own in high school, and having Hawks Take Flight you have a teacher there to help and work with you,” said sophomore Dre Smith.
The Illinois State Board of Education reports that the average freshman on track to graduate in 2019 is 86.8%. Oregon High School reports that after this program their freshmen are on a 98.9% track rate for graduation.
Teachers say not only do they feel like they’re making a difference in the students’ lives, but their lives are being impacted as well.
“I have grown so much as an educator and individual,” said Radostits. “It has completely formed who I am now.”