Ninth Grade Transition

Helping Ninth-Graders Stay on Track

More than one-quarter of local students do not graduate from high school on time. Our research shows that students who complete ninth grade with six or more credits are four times more likely to graduate. As such, disparities in ninth grade credit attainment clearly foreshadow disparities in graduation rates.

Through the Ninth Grade Counts partnership, schools and community partners have collaborated to help students start high school strong. Their focus is on the critical transition from eighth to ninth grade.


Key Impacts

  • In 2015, 96% of participating students received elective credit, allowing them to start high school a step closer to graduation.
  • Since 2009, Academic Priority students who participated in a summer ninth-grade program completed 6+ credits at the end of ninth grade at a 3–10% higher rate than their peers who did
    not complete a summer transition program.
  • Countywide, we’ve seen a 7.2 percentage point increase in the rate of students earning six credits in ninth grade from 2010 to 2016, contributing to a 16.9 percentage point increase in the on-time graduation rate over the same period.



Since 2009, schools and community partners have helped more than 6,000 students earn the credits they need to stay on track. Click here to learn more about our ninth grade transition partners.


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2017 Guide to Ninth Grade Counts Summer Transition Programs
(available in English, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese)

Ninth Grade Counts Outcome Evaluation (published 2016)

Ninth Grade Counts Outcome Evaluation (published 2015)

Ninth Grade Counts Outcome Evaluation (published 2012)

Ninth Grade Counts Outcome Evaluation (published 2011)