"The Stratton Foundation has been looking for a high-impact way to support underserved students in our communities, and the Student Success Program was a perfect fit," said Stratton Foundation Executive Director Tammy Mosher.
The Student Success Program at Burr and Burton Academy is targeting students who aspire to be first generation college graduates or who are not yet fulfilling their potential.
Launched this summer with Success Camp attended by 27 rising ninth graders, the program provides an intensive focus on mentoring, relationship building and visioning so students learn to see and seize opportunities made possible through education.
Led by director Jason Pergament, who brings extensive experience with the KIPP program in Harlem, the Success Scholars have already visited colleges, received training on iPads, met with teachers and college counselors, and worked to develop a personal vision, all in order to get a running start on their high school experience.
Their work will continue during the school year with emphasis on keeping sight of goals, developing habits and skills that lead to success, and recognizing that personal growth comes through the constant pursuit of excellence.
"This partnership puts us all at the forefront in the fight for the future of our young people," said BBA Headmaster Mark Tashjian.
Burr and Burton Academy serves 12 sending towns in southern Vermont.
The most recent statistical report by the Vermont Agency of Education shows that 40 percent of students in the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union qualify for free or reduced price school meals.
Burr and Burton Academy's mission is to educate its students intellectually and morally for a life of responsibility, integrity, and service.