Middle & High School

Children naturally spend more time away from their parents in the middle and high school years. As parents, staying involved in their child’s school work and activities and helping them work out their feelings keeps children on a path toward success. We also know that not attending school every day and getting low grades can hurt a student’s future.  

As a community, we care because experts expect a more complex, high-tech world that will require workers with technical or college degrees. Making sure that our students in Central Texas are well prepared is a top priority. We should encourage them to take as much advanced math as they can, attend school every day, work hard, and pursue a career pathway during high school so their future is bright with possibilities.

You Need to Know

  • Most students who pursue a career pathway (take multiple Career and Technical Education courses) in high school will graduate and attend college.
  • Students who take advanced math are more likely to go to college
  • Students who take four years of math in high school increase their likelihood of finishing college
  • Students who start saving for college early can attend full-time (at least 12 hours per semester)
  • Less than half of students going to college part-time return the next year
  • Only 16% of those who start college part-time complete their degree

Watch the story about the Jackson sisters and learn why taking advanced math is important to future success

Learn about the Make It Movement, a campaign to engage our future workforce in trades and two- and four-year colleges

Inspire your students with this ATX hip-hop music video about math

Taking four years of the most advanced math in high school works

The data is clear: math is for everyone!

RaiseUp Texas transforms middle schools

Find out more about the successful RAISEup Texas project for middle schools

What RAISEup Texas looks like in middle schools: principal’s perspective