Promise Neighborhood Site Profile: Berea College Promise Neighborhood

Promise Neighborhood Site Profile: Berea College Promise Neighborhood

Published: Feb 28, 2015
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
Associated Project

Promise Neighborhoods Case Studies

Time frame: 2014-2015

Prepared for:

Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink


Andrea Mraz Esposito

Sarah Osborn

Rebekah Coley

Kimberly Boller

Berea College Promise Neighborhood serves Clay, Jackson, and Owsley Counties—cumulatively comprising 961 square miles of rural Appalachian Kentucky. Per capita income in these counties is significantly lower than the state and national average, and Clay, Jackson, and Owsley are some of the most economically distressed counties in the country. In 2010, 81 percent of students qualified for free or reduced-price school meals. All of the middle and high schools included in the Promise Neighborhood are persistently low-achieving. Altogether, 6,300 students—prekindergarten through grade 12—reside within these three counties, and the initiative aims to reach all of them in some way.

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