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West Virginia school helps students get back on track

At any given time, Academy Programs houses, feeds, counsels, coaches, and educates about 70 of the toughest, least motivated middle- and high-school students from around the state. Of the 185 students who came through the program in 2018, the average grade-point average was a 1.38 when they entered the school. When they transitioned out, they carried a collective GPA of 3.0, says Principal Matt Kittle. Most incoming students—84 percent of them—tested below their grade level in reading, as did 83 percent of students in math. While here, almost 4 out of 5 students increase their math and reading scores one grade-level or more. World Vision helps provide resources for the staff so they can better help kids succeed.