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MassGrad Implementation Awards Case Study: School Within a School at Attleboro High School, Attleboro, Massachusetts

The MassGrad initiative from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) targeted the 133 schools from 76 districts that exceeded the statewide annual dropout rate of 2.9% during the 2008–09 school year. Twenty-eight of the MassGrad high schools in 17 districts received Implementation Awards through a competitive application process.

This case study highlights the School Within a School (SWS) program at Attleboro High School. Through the Implementation Awards program of the MassGrad initiative, Attleboro’s SWS received an award of $475,000 to be used during the 2010–11 through 2014–15 school years. Attleboro High School was selected as a case study site by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) in part due to improvement in its dropout and graduation rates during the first two years of the MassGrad award. 


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