The Need

OnTrack Greenville is focused in high-need schools in Greenville County in a section of the community where poverty is so high that 100% of the students attending these schools are eligible to receive free or reduced-cost lunch. Educational attainment is extremely low in this area, and while graduation rates in Greenville County have improved dramatically over the last five years, there are still students not reaching that ultimate goal of high school graduation.

Greenville County still faces some of the nation's highest poverty rates and lowest rates of economic mobility — especially for Black and Hispanic families. Here in Greenville, a child born to parents in the bottom quintile of the income distribution has a nearly 70 percent chance of staying in the bottom two quintiles. High school graduates earn a national average of $8,000 more annually compared to high school dropouts, make a higher taxable income, and are more likely to be employed and aid in job generation. High school graduation is more than a milestone. It is expressly linked to economic mobility.

Given the importance of education in economic mobility, and our knowledge that the middle grades are the "make it or break it" years, OnTrack Greenville is the solution that addresses these complex issues.