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Diploma On

Contact

Diploma On is supervised by Tonya Allen, MSW, LICSW, Ed.S. from District 287. It is financed by Local Collaborative Time Study (LCTS) funds allocated by District 287 through its member districts.

Brenna MacDonald
Senior Manager of School and Community Engagement
763.550.7213
blmacdonald@district287.org

Chandler Jayasekera
Program Coordinator
cjjayasekera@district287.org
Serving School Districts: Brooklyn Center, Eden Prairie, Osseo, Richfield, Wayzata

Danyale Potts
Program Coordinator
dmpotts@district287.org
Serving School Districts: Edina, Hopkins, Orono, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park, Westonka

Diploma On is not a school or a place, but rather a service to engage students in their education. Our Diploma On Coordinators work with students, their families, and their schools to re-engage unenrolled students into school settings that meet their individual needs. This is a voluntary and free service for students and families. The goal of Diploma On is to reduce barriers for students and increase graduation rates by contacting students previously dropped from their school programs and inviting them back to school.

We serve 287 students and our participating member districts.

Diploma on Referral form

Eligibility

  • Part of District 287's member districts (either residing in, was attending school at)

  • Have dropped out of school

  • Have been dropped from a school district and have not re-enrolled

Support

  • We build relationships with students and their families and support students with any case management goals.

  • When ready, we help students navigate options for school and a pathway towards graduation. We continue to support students and their families until support is no longer needed.

  • If needed, we will support students as they envision their plans after graduation. 

History of Diploma On

Diploma On was created by school social worker Alexia Poppy-Finley in the spring of 2012 in response to Hennepin County public school superintendents' concern with increasing dropout rates. It was initially part of the Achieving Graduation by Reducing Achievement Disparities (A-GRAD) initiative.

In April of 2012, Diploma On started its pilot program with Brooklyn Center and St. Louis Park. The following school year (SY 12-13), Hopkins and Osseo joined the project. Eden Prairie, Mound-Westonka, Orono, Richfield, Robbinsdale, and Wayzata joined a year later (SY 13-14). Diploma On Began serving Edina School district in the 18-19SY. Diploma On also serves all ID 287 schools.