Some local teachers are drawing national attention for the way they keep kids in school.
Out-of-state educators hope to take home what's working for freshman in Amarillo.
Caprock High ninth grader Addison Mccauley is back on track with his grades. "I'm passing now. I have an 80 in all my classes." Passing thanks to teachers and counselors who keep a close eye on 580 freshman, and tackle their weaknesses right away.
"Once a week we're gonna check in, we're gonna say are they passing their classes, how are they doing in your class?" says counselor Tracey Morman.
When Addison wasn't doing so well in biology, this team ordered one on one teacher time during the school day for him to catch up on assignments.
"He'd tell me what I'm missing and what grades they are and what I need to do and finish those and to correct those papers."
"They know that we care about them and dropping out is not an option and we get them into the mindset that they will graduate. They are gonna go to college," Morman adds.
According to the Caprock principal more than 200 schools across the country have put this ninth grade intervention program in place.
Visiting educator Jeff Wilson notes "this is a place that they are not gonna let a kid fail, and that's unusual to see, particularly in a high school."
Oklahoma and South Carolina educators studying Caprock's strategy today hope what keeps Addison motivated will encourage their own hometown kids to make the grade too.