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About the Award

Arizona Rural Schools and Rural Schools Collaborative are partnering to launch a regional network of 10 schools as part of The GRAD Partnership for Student Success. This national initiative supports schools in using high-quality student success systems that empower students to achieve post-secondary success.

The Deadline for applications will be 11:59 p.m. June 30, 2024.

About Student Success Systems

Student Success Systems (or early-warning systems) helps schools identify, customize, and provide supports and interventions, earlier rather than later, to help students graduate. These systems are often targeted at 9th grade, and have four basic elements: supportive relationships, student centered mindsets, actionable data, and improvement actions.

These are designed with research-based indicators in mind that correlate to graduation rates: attendance, behavior, course performance, and connectedness/belonging. 

What it means to participate:

Participating schools will take part in a 1-year project (August 2024-June 2025) from planning to implementation to continuous improvement of Student Success Systems.

Schools will receive:

  • $2,500 flexible support grant

  • Support & guidance from your regional coordinator and cohort peers

  • Access to technical support and resources nationally from the Rural Schools Collaborative and the GRAD Partnership team

Schools commit to:

  • Provide matching funds to a $2,500 grant awarded to their school (dollar-for-dollar, or in-kind/non-cash)

  • Adopt or enhance a student success system that contains the three elements (caring adults, actionable, real-time data, interventions) at your school 

  • Agree to focus the Student Success System on at least ONE of these research-based indicators:

    • Attendance

    • Behavior

    • Course performance

    • Connectedness / Belonging

  • Share stories, successes, & challenges and annual data to strengthen the work

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Melissa Sadorf, ARSA Executive Director, at (520)266-0081 or or Dr. Jaime Festa-Daigle, ARSA President-Elect, at 928-486-9537 or

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