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Dual Enrollment Freshman TransitionZoom

Carpinteria High School: 3 Years LaterZoom

John Farinella - Rahway High SchoolZoom

Chris Demianew - Hermiston High SchoolZoom
Modeled after The George Washington University’s Freshman Transition Initiative using its recommended course standards, the Santa Barbara community has come together to create an innovative adaptation, the Dual Enrollment Freshman Transition Project (DEFT). Following the recommendations in IES Practice Guide for Dropout Prevention, this whole-school redesign model meets the six researchbased recommendations for programs supporting school completion.

DEFT is designed to introduce strategies beginning in the 9th grade year and continuing beyond high school into college as noted in the What Works Clearinghouse Comparison Chart of Course and Dropout Recommendations. This is a strong high school to college transition program geared to improve college preparation of high school students and to improve the success rates of incoming college students. The DEFT employs a 10-year educational plan that guides students through high school, on to post-secondary education and training, and into the workforce.

The videos to the right provide an overview of the Dual Enrollment Freshman Transition course (DEFT) implemented at Carpinteria High School in the Fall of 2009. This course was in collaboration with the Santa Barbara City College Dual Enrollment program, which was the precursor to the GFSF program in 2013. This magnet school for GFSF has shown amazing results by increasing their student's A-G compliance rates* from 24% to over 47%. This is the standard in California to determine college-ready students. Students who are A-G compliant are qualified to attend the state universities and colleges.

Course Standards for Freshman Transition Classes

The Curriculum

The Postsecondary Achievement of Participants in Dual Enrollment:
An Analysis of Student Outcomes in Two States

Partners or collaborators
Foundation for California Community Colleges
George Washington University’s Freshman Transition Initiative
California Community College Chancellor's Task Force on Student Success
Academic Innovations LLC
UCSB Graduate School of Education California Dropout Research Project
UC Educational Evaluation Center, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Eastern Oregon University’s College of Education
California SB1070 Coordinators from select regions
Santa Barbara Foundation
Santa Barbara City College Dual Enrollment Department
Carpinteria and Santa Barbara Unified School Districts
Santa Barbara County Office of Education’s Partners in Education