DROPOUT PREVENTION PROGRAMS
Connections provide overaged students targeted instruction and accelerated remediation, with the aim of preparing them to enter a high school setting in either the Diploma, GED, or state-approved Skills pathway after one year. Participating students may also be eligible to work towards and Industry-Based Certification (IBC).
Students who are 15 years of age by September 30 and are two or more grade levels behind are eligible to participate. While in Connections, students are classified as eighth graders and follow the High Stakes Testing Policy in Bulletin 1566.
The Connections replaces Louisiana's PreGED/Skills Options Program. The Connections Handbook outlines the elements of the program, including information on eligilbility, testing, and pathway opportunities.