Destination Graduation


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Why Destination Graduation 
Every Youth Can Succeed

The Destination Graduation program is based on research, conducted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Social Organization of Schools and the Philadelphia Education Fund, showing that up to 75% of America’s high school dropouts can be identified between sixth and ninth grades by one or more indicators:

  • poor Attendance
  • poor Behavior
  • Course failure in English or Math.

These Early Warning Indicators allow  the opportunity to identify and respond appropriately to students signaling they need extra support.

In The News

Destination Graduation story with Central High School graduate and college freshmen Alexis Guzman and DG mentor/AAA employee Michelle Donati-Grayman.  Please listen…it’s heartwarming story and speaks to the life changing experience of students and mentors.

What We Do

Destination Graduation utilizes Early Warning System Technology, to identify students early and works to eliminate the problems that lead to dropping out: poor Attendance, poor Behavior or Course failure in English or Math. 

We know that during the middle grades (6-9) students in schools sometimes disengage and fall off track as early as sixth grade. Due to the research of Johns Hopkins University, we know which students are dropping out. Destination Graduation brings together:

  • The research
  • Real-time student level data
  • Extra adult support
  • Early Warning System technology as the tools  needed to help students succeed and stay on track towards graduation
Destination Graduation is based on research by Johns Hopkins University professor Bob Balfanz, the nation’s leading dropout expert.


Where We Work 

Destination Graduation program currently serves seven schools across four different school districts including:

  • Phoenix Union High School District
  • Osborn School District
  • Balsz School District
  • Phoenix Elementary School District

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Partners and Resources 

Jobs For Arizona Graduates (JAG)

Our goals are to decrease the high school dropout rates, increase graduation rates, increase postsecondary and youth employment rates and reduce social services costs associated with welfare, legal and unemployment issues. JAG is committed to provide our students with the support they need to improve their:

  • Academic skills and standing
  • Self-efficacy and leadership skills
  • Preparedness/success in college and the workforce


Arizona State University  (ASU)

Through our school district and community partnerships and our outreach programs, the Access ASU team prepares Arizona students for the university. We collaborate strategically with school administrators and educators to increase the number of students eligible for success at ASU.


Expect More Arizona 

Expect More Arizona champions a world-class education – from the early years through career – for every child. Together with a growing network of partners and individuals across the state, we are working to build an education-first culture and create opportunities for you to support students and educators – in your home, your local community and statewide. See more


Attendance Works

Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. We promote tracking chronic absence data for each student beginning in kindergarten, or ideally earlier, and partnering with families and community agencies to intervene when poor attendance is a problem for students or schools.


Talent Development

A program at Johns Hopkins University that specializes in research and comprehensive school reform models to address off-track indicators. Talent Development middle and high school programs specialize in organizational, curricular and environmental reforms to make the whole school a better place for students to learn.

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3200 East Camelback Road, Suite 375
Phoenix, AZ 85018-2328

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