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Pivot Dropout Recovery is an opportunity for students between the ages of 16-20 who have disengaged from their high school to earn a high school diploma while earning college credits.

Students earn dual credits that move them toward high school graduation as well as a PPSC certificate or degree.

Since Pivot’s launch in Fall 2018, 17 students have earned their high school diplomas.

Participating School Districts:

  • Harrison School District 2
  • Widefield School District 3
  • Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8
  • Colorado Springs School District 11
  • Academy School District 20
  • Falcon School District 49
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Pivot Frequently Asked Questions

There are three criteria for identifying the ideal candidate:

  • A student who expresses the desire to complete a high school diploma (rather than an equivalency diploma).
  • A student who is at least 16 and who has the potential to earn enough high school credits to fulfill graduation requirements by 21 years of age.
  • A student who has expressed some interest in post-secondary education or training.​​​​​​

Students taking part in Pivot need to be re-enrolled through a district program or school so that they may continue to add credits to a high school transcript. A school counselor supports the Pivot Success Coach with the development of a student success plan. Pivot students spend 100% of their school time on the college campus.

Our community benefits when students persist to high school graduation. School districts whose performance frameworks are negatively impacted by a dropout rate see improved results in that regard. Students and their families benefit. Remarkably, young people who no longer believed that they were ‘college material’ find themselves experiencing success in a college classroom, and they begin to dream of a brighter future.

Students whose goal is to simply complete high school don’t benefit from Pivot programming. Students who may age out of public education before earning enough credits to graduate likewise do not stand to benefit.