Only 40% of teenage girls who become pregnant finish high school.
And 30% of teen girls who drop out of high school cite pregnancy as the reason.
These statistics are alarming when we know that a high school diploma is key to getting a job or pursuing a college degree.
Lund’s state-licensed New Horizons Education Program actively works to combat these statistics by providing a supportive educational environment for pregnant and parenting young women. Our program provides high school education as well as vital support for young parents, with parenting education, financial literacy, and life skills integrated into the curriculum.
At Lund, moms may bring their babies (up to six months old) to school with them. It’s not uncommon to see a teacher balancing a baby on her hip, or a newborn napping in a crib in the corner of the classroom.
Licensed teachers provide instruction in the four core subject areas — Math, English, Science and Social Studies — and all curricula are in compliance with Vermont Standards for Education. One-on-one tutoring support is available, and students have the opportunity to access the Introduction to College Studies Class taught on site by the Community College of Vermont.
Our students come from as many as 15 different school districts per year. Lund’s teachers establish curriculum agreements with each sending school to ensure that students receive academic credit, and have the opportunity to walk with their classmates at graduation ceremonies.
This program has a rolling admission policy, so new students may enroll at any time.
For more information, please contact Tammy Santamore at (802) 861-2588.