Bulldogs Matter at AG Middle School

Challenge

Research shows that high school dropouts typically earn less than graduates. They contribute about half as much in taxes, draw larger government subsidies, and have a greater chance of imprisonment. They also have worse health outcomes and lower life expectancies.

The student body at AG is comprised of approximately 1400 students. Over 9% reside in the Grier Heights neighborhood where the dropout rate at 6.8% is greater than 2 times the overall district rate. According to End of Grade exams administered in 2016, the test proficiency of Grier Heights students in grades 6-8 was only 10.1% in stark contrast to the county average of 46.2%. Because of challenging social and economic circumstances, Grier Heights students test below grade level out of proportion to their representation in the school population.

Response

The goal of the Bulldogs Matter Program is to improve the academic, emotional, and social readiness for students entering the high school environment. Begun in 2011, the Bulldogs Matter program is a collaborative effort with AG Middle School, foundation and community donors, and community volunteers who serve as teacher assistants, homework tutors, and mentors. This program is designed to provide academic support, encourage engagement in school, and result in systemic changes within the education system by improving students’ high school readiness thereby reducing the dropout rate among the at-risk students served.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers are needed as tutors or mentors for one or more days/week. If you are interested, please email Danyae.

If you would like to provide snacks for Bulldogs Matter, please click the Snack Shopper button.

PARTNERS

Alexander Graham Middle School
Alexander Graham Middle School PTSA
Billingsville Leadership Academy
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
First Tee of Charlotte
Freedom School Partners
F3 Nation
The Merancas Foundation
Myers Park High School
Myers Park Presbyterian Church
Presbytery of Charlotte
Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation
Trips for Kids
YMCA Camp Harrison

LEADERSHIP

Danyae Person