Erica L. Green
2:59 PM EDT, April 11, 2013
W.E.B. DuBois High School is the latest to win the Mayor's Attendance Campaign competition, after its ninth-grade class increasing its daily attendance by nearly 11 percentage points.
The school was surprised with the honor--which includes a dance party staffed by a 92Q DJ at The Grille at Peerce's Landing--with a visit from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake city schools CEO Andres Alonso, and Jonathon Rondeau, of the Family League of Baltimore.
The ninth-grade class increased its daily attendance from 63.42 percent to 74.05 percent, according to a release. In addition to a party, students will receive Under Armour gear, and the school will receive $1,000 grant from the Family League.
The mayor's attendance campaign kicked off last year to support the school system's focus on attendance. For the past few years, the district has emphasized with achievement data how much students who are chronically absent lag behind their peers.
In high school, students who are chronically absent have lower graduation rates.