Summer Melt occurs when, despite being eligible and in some cases even enrolled to an institution, students fail to attend in the fall. Instead, they 'melt away' during the summer. In the United States, approximately 3.5 million high school seniors graduate annually. Depending on demographics and other variables, an estimated 10 - 40% will experience this phenomenon. While these numbers constitute a fairly wide margin, it is realistic to assume that 500 - 700,000 students may melt each summer.
In Jackson, the numbers are considerably smaller. In 2015, our county had nearly 1,500 graduates. At our average statistic of 25%, it would still mean that 375 students are in danger of falling through the cracks. It is the CCAC's goal to significantly reduce that number.
In order to prevent summer melt, our advisors draw from the collective information acquired for each student throughout the school year. A number of risk factors are identified and addressed. Some of these factors may include:
- Students that indicate 'No plans for fall'
- Students that have not filed a FAFSA
- Socioeconomic factors; lack of funding
- Lack of access to resources
- Students that have experienced obstacles achieving the steps of the Four Seasons.