Every student needs to complete high school and at least one year of education beyond that to build a career and compete for the best jobs in the 21st Century.  In West Virginia, one out of every four 9th grade students will not complete high school within four years, and some never do.


While this is a troubling statistic, it need not be a permanent one.  We hear it as a call to action.


The Education Alliance created Frontline Network to mobilize communities to answer the question, “What will we do to ensure that more of our students complete high school ready for college and careers?”  Frontline Network recognizes that though the drop out issue is linked to the same issues in every community (student school attendance, behavior or course performance), every community must design its own innovative prevention plan.  Local leaders and families know what their young people need most, and how best to deliver solutions.



The following are the inspiring stories of community leaders who are changing outcomes and the future of West Virginia by keeping students in school, and making sure they take the next step to their best adult lives.


Frontline Network Sucess Stories


Changing Perceptions: Dawn Dooley, Braxton County

Communicating a Sense of Urgency: Geraldine Sawrey, Cabell County

Hope and Motivation: Kelli Whytsell,Calhoun County

The Power of One: Dorothy (Jan) Nichols, Doddridge County

Smoothing Any Bump in the Road: Sherry Baker, Monroe County

Listening to Student Voices: Penny Fisher, Ed.D., Putnam County


Tools & Resources from The Education Alliance


Dropout Prevention in West Virginia: A Guide for Community Dialogue

Dropout Prevention in West Virginia: A Guide for Moderators of Community Dialogues

Dialogue to Action Initiative: A Guide for County Leadership Teams

A Guidebook to Help Communities Tackle The Dropout Crisis by Grad Nation

DVD: How Can We Help More Students Finish High School?