Why It Matters
The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of students in pre-K through 12 grade in the 2012-2013 school year were eligible for the federal free and reduced lunch program. An analysis of 2013 federal data shows that for the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families.
Why It Matters
The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51% of students in pre-K through 12 grade in the 2012-2013 school year were eligible for the federal free and reduced lunch program. An analysis of 2013 federal data shows that for the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families.
According to the American Council on Education, in 2013 only 45.5% of low-income students enroll in college after high school compared to 63.8% of middle income students, and 78.5% of high income students. This was a 10.4% drop from 2008.
Nationally, the high school graduation rate for low-income students is 62.5% compared to 80.7% for non-low-income students, a difference of 18.2 points.
By 2020, it is projected that over 60% of jobs in Georgia will require a certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree. Presently, approximately 42% of the state's young adults meet these requirements.
In 2015, persons age 25+ with only a high school diploma earned approximately $678 per week compared to $1,137 per week for those with a bachelor's degree.
(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
In 2015, the unemployment rate for people age 25+ with only a high school diploma was 5.4% compared to 2.8% for persons with a bachelor's degree.
(U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics)
We are working every day to ensure that Cartersville students are pursuing their education on a level playing field and that they are engaged in the learning experience.
It is our goal that our students graduate on-time and are prepared to enter college, the military, or the workforce.
We believe college is accessible to all students and provide a means for many of our high-achieving, lower-income students to begin college after high school.
Evan Roberts receives the 2015 Hurricane Turnaround Scholarship. Also a GateKey Scholar, Evan graduated from Young Harris College and is currently applying to law schools.
The GateKey Scholarship program supports more than 180 students.
"I believe the most important part of the GateKey Scholarship Program is the community of individuals who are there to help me every step of the way. I wouldn't have obtained an accounting degree from Georgia Southern University without this community. I truly believe these individuals have been, and will continue to be, the driving force behind my success." ~Thomas Jackson, CHS 2016, Georgia Southern University