Providence Career and Technical Academy Wins Get Schooled Attendance Challenge


The Providence Career and Technical Academy has been named one of two national winners of the Get Schooled 2014 National Attendance Challenge.

As a national winner, the school will receive a celebration event with a celebrity principal for the day. Get Schooled will work closely with PCTA to plan an event that is fitting for the school and fun for the students and is aiming for a date in February 2015.

To compete in the Get Schooled Attendance Challenge, students must achieve daily attendance and complete educational activities to score points. PCTA earned the maximum 1,000 points and increased their attendance rate by 3.2 percent. The baseline attendance rate at PCTA for September-December 2013 was 89 percent. The baseline attendance for the same months this year is 92.04 percent.

For the first time in Get Schooled history, there are two national winners; PCTA tied with Maritime Industries Academy in Baltimore, Md., which also earned the maximum 1,000 points.

At PCTA, eight student ambassadors encouraged their classmates to sign in at daily and complete the day’s activities to earn points. Those activities included educational games, essays, history lessons and videos that emphasized the value of regular daily attendance and staying on the path to college.

This fall, 81 schools across the country competed in the Get Schooled 2014 National Attendance Challenge. With a strong focus on improving school attendance, the challenge engaged close to 20,000 students across the country to come to school every day and build their college and career readiness skills. The challenge aims to make the students aware of the importance of regular daily attendance and how it affects their school performance.

Student ambassadors led the effort in their schools, working with school staff and administrators to create fun and motivational campaigns around increasing attendance. With the collaborative efforts of all the ambassadors, students and school staff, two-thirds of all schools who reported their attendance rates achieved increases.

Mt. Pleasant High School, the 2012 national winner, came in ninth this year. Other Providence Schools competing in the Get Schooled Challenge are Gilbert Stuart, Christopher DelSesto, Nathan Bishop and Esek Hopkins Middle Schools and Hope, Juanita Sanchez, Dr. Jorge Alvarez and E-Cubed Academy High Schools.