Data from the 10 high schools will be collected and published in a report that will be given to education officials and state policy makers. Discussions will take place between the 10 high school principals on topics including the rising drop out rate and what factors are contributing not graduating on time. A culture that emphasizes education is needed at Baldwin Park, Cruz said. “We have created a culture where kids fail and we don’t do anything about it.” He noted that nearly 40 seniors are in danger of not graduating because they have not passed the California High School Exit Exam. The district has provided after-school tutoring but the students have not taken advantage of the class. “I’m going to round up those seniors and put them in the class today,” he said. “I’m going tell them that `you will graduate and you will take this class,”‘ he said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The days of waiting for the principal to come up with ideas is long gone,” said Luis Cruz, Baldwin Park High School principal. “Collectively, we need to find solutions.” Baldwin Park was one 10 high school in the state to receive the funds – which will be given in $50,000 increments over five years – administered by the California State University System. Schools that were performing average or below were able to apply for the grant. The CAPP grant was initiated last year, and the program was established in 1983, with the mission of better preparing high school students for college, said Dave Jolly, CAPP’s director. A CAPP mentor will be assigned to each school who will assist the school principals in making decisions or leading discussions with staff. BALDWIN PARK – Baldwin Park High School has received a $250,000 grant to help its students reach college. In addition to its emphasis on higher education, the California Academic Partnership Program funds will go toward helping students graduate on time, school officials said. Administrators said that over the years some high school seniors have accumulated only 30 credits – far short of the 220 required credits to graduate – and have to find alternative ways to pass the classes they need. Through the grant and discussions with teachers and students, school officials want to develop a system that pushes students toward college at an earlier age.