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American Graduate Community Town Hall

As part of the American Graduate Initiative, PBS SoCaL convened community stakeholders including businesses, parents, students, and community organizations to identify the challenges students face beyond the classroom. These stakeholders talk about improving o

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How Can We Solve the Dropout Crisis?

A special American Graduate teacher town hall addresses the dropout crisis facing Southern California's students. Special guests include Patricia Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour corresponde

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LAUSD Homeless

About 15,000 LA school kids are officially homeless, living in a shelter, car, abandoned building or other temporary setup. David Nazar reports on Los Angeles Unified School District's new program to deal with this shocking problem and talks to school official

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180 Days Extended Preview

To educators, Washington Metropolitan High School (DC Met) is an alternative school with a devoted staff. To district leaders, it is a failure. To many of the school’s students, it is home – a safe haven from sometimes unsparingly difficult lives. 180 Days: A

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American Graduate is a public media initiative created to help local communities across America find solutions to address the dropout crisis. PBS SoCaL is proud to be the Southern California partner for American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen to help students stay on the path to graduation and future success.

In Southern California, the high school graduation rate is 80%. Together, we are working to raise this number to ensure that every child succeeds.  Through our work with local partners, we are helping to guarantee that every child is receiving the education they deserve.

Local American Graduate partners

See our partners in American Graduate Day segments online

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PBS SoCaL is working with partners to bring dropout prevention resources to Southern California communities. Our approach to American Graduate includes:

  • Direct service to youth
  • Career exploration
  • Teacher professional development
  • Parent education
  • Business/workforce connections
  • Broadcast and interactive efforts
  • Early childhood literacy outreach through our Ready to Learn Program 

American Graduate Video

Become an American Graduate Champion

An American Graduate Champion is an individual or group that has devoted time and resources to helping students achieve graduation. PBS SoCaL is collecting powerful stories about American Graduate Champions in our community. Whether you are a parent, teacher or community leader, we want to hear your story of supporting students.  Make the commitment to help all young people succeed by becoming or recognizing an American Graduate Champion. Fill out the American Graduate form here

If your school or organization wants to learn more about how to get involved with American Graduate, contact Nicole Bailey at          714-241-4189 or nbailey@pbssocal.org.

National American Graduate

National American Graduate

Public Media’s commitment to help communities implement solutions to the dropout crisis.

Classroom Resources

Classroom Resources

The best of public media’s interactive resources for middle and high school students.

Mission US

Mission US

A multimedia project that teaches U.S. history content through free interactive games.

Student Reporting Labs

Student Reporting Labs

Local students connect with journalism mentors to produce original news video reports.

Roadtrip Nation

Roadtrip Nation

Roadtrip Nation highlights resources and tools for career exploration.

Ready to Learn

Ready to Learn

Learn about PBS SoCaL's local Ready to Learn program for early childhood education.

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