Pasco schools working to prevent dropouts

Pasco schools working to prevent dropouts »Play Video
PASCO, Wash. - Keeping kids in school is the goal of a new program in Pasco schools. Its focus is on breaking the cycle of suspensions.

New Horizons High School is working with students who are in danger of dropping out.

Counselors help identify the causes for repeat suspension. Then they customize an academic program to hold teens accountable.

So far, the students are responding to the program.

Principal Brian Leavitt said, "Often times students will look at me and get emotional and say nobody's ever told me I'm a good kid before so really it's about giving hope, hope and choice."

The school also connects teens with local programs to get help with personal matters.