Academic Success

Student U believes it is necessary for our students to achieve educational success to thrive beyond school. Each program – Middle School, High School, and College Promise – is composed of different, age-appropriate interventions. We have a full-time Learning Specialist who can provide targeted academic interventions and partners with families to support individual students and build the academic skills and confidence they need to be college-bound.

Academic Outcomes

Nationally, 66% of Latinx students and 71% of African American students will graduate from high school and 11% of low-income, first-generation college students are expected to graduate from college within 6 years (Pew Institute).

Student U students beat these statistics as a result of their tireless work and commitment:


High School Graduation Rate


Enrolled in Post-Secondary Education


Persisting in Post-Secondary Education

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This chart shows proficiency levels of Student U students on North Carolina End-Of-Grade and North Carolina End-Of-Course exams compared to various segments of the Durham Public School population for the 2017–2018 school year. The data demonstrates the systemic challenges at the heart of why Student U exists and how much more work is required to create a system in which all students can succeed.

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