Where Are YOU Headed?

homeIn 2009, the  Where Are YOU Headed? initiative was designed by students and staff of the Whaling City Alternative High School. The goal of this multi-media campaign is to educate students, parents, staff and the community of the tremendous importance of something as fundamental as attending school every day and on time. 

Where Are YOU Headed? has evolved and expanded to become the foundation and framework for a variety of dropout prevention programs across the New Bedford Public Schools. It addresses attendance, graduation, college & career readiness and planning for one's future.

The New Bedford Public Schools believes we must educate our students from the moment they enter the district until the moment they accept their high school diploma of the opportunities they will have if they attend school every day and also the real negative possibilities if they are headed in the wrong direction and become chronically absent and decide to drop out.

Every year the New Bedford Public Schools promotes the importance of attendance and graduation through a monthly attendance competition between schools, essay and poster contests, school assemblies with area celebrities, student created music videos and public service announcements, Perfect Attendance Football and Basketball games, and monthly data reviews of each school's average daily attendance, classroom attendance, and individual student attendance including chronic absences.

Since the inception of  Where Are YOU Headed?

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