Helping Ninth Graders Stay on Track


Roughly 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.

Collaboration is essential to helping students start high school strong and the summer is a critical opportunity to engage. For over a decade, schools and community partners have teamed up through the Ninth Grade Counts partnership with a commitment to identify and engage the students who will benefit most from an extra boost into high school.



Since 2009, Ninth Grade Counts has brought together community-based organizations, schools and other partners to connect more than 6,800 students with proven supports to stay on track to graduate from high school. This unique group of summer programs works together to give soon to be ninth-grade-students an opportunity to get a jump start on their journey into high school by earning 0.5 elective credit towards graduation.

2021 Ninth Grade Counts Summer Program Providers:

See the 2021 Guide to Summer Transition Programs for Incoming Ninth Graders in Portland and Multnomah County here. Please note that this information is subject to change, so we recommend confirming details directly with the program.

Other Ninth Grade Counts Partners:

Campus Compact of Oregon

Multnomah County Library

Northwest Evaluation Association

Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette

Schoolhouse Supplies




Each year, we compare outcomes of program participants with those of students who do not participate.

Students who complete Ninth Grade Counts:
+ Earn more credit during ninth grade
+ Attend school more consistently
+ Graduate at a higher rate


“High school is where it actually matters. It’s where we try to figure out what we want to become. The future seems far away but it’s already here.”

– Nicole, Student, Native American Youth & Family Center Ninth Grade Counts Program, Summer 2018
(Read more about Nicole’s experience in Ninth Grade Counts here)