Strive For Five: Quarter 1 Update

Approximately 26% of the school year is complete in the St. Joseph School District. The past 44 days of school witnessed the launch of an important community initiative known as Strive for Five. Initial results from the campaign will be shared below. Click here to learn more about the origin of this campaign, or here to review specific action steps included in our PDSA framework.

District Updates
Student attendance has improved 3.3% through the first quarter of the school year as compared to the same time last year. 
Approximately 89.9% of students have attended school at least 90% of the time through October 17. Through the first quarter of the year, there were 748 more students with perfect attendance in the St. Joseph School District than this time last fall.

School Updates
Attendance improved at 14 of 16 elementary schools and 6 of 7 secondary schools. 
Several schools have seen significant gains in attendance compared to the same time last fall, including Edison (7%), Skaith (6.6%), Lafayette (6.3%), Lake (6.3%), Benton (5.3%), Spring Garden (5%), Parkway (4.7%), Truman (4.7%), Humboldt (4.6%), Pickett (4.4%), Central (4%), Lindbergh (3.6%), Ellison (3.4%) and Hosea (2%).

Chronic Absenteeism
Beyond the aforementioned improvements, the Strive for Five campaign is monitoring changes related to chronic absenteeism (missing more than 10% of the school year). The charts below show the three-year rate of chronic absenteeism at every elementary and secondary school in the St. Joseph School District.





















Data from the first quarter show significant reductions of chronic absenteeism overall, particularly so in grades 7-12. Check back later for additional updates, or visit for the very latest.