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To ensure that all LAUSD students are enrolled, attending, engaged, and on-track to graduate.
The goal of the Attendance Improvement Program (AIP) is to increase the percentage of students attending school at a rate of 96% or higher in Kindergarten and Grade 9. While these two grade levels are vital to academic success, they have the lowest overall attendance rates in the LAUSD. In September 2011, the LAUSD launched the AIP to provide targeted child welfare and attendance services and support in Kindergarten and Grade 9.


Program Objectives
All program schools will:
  • Monitor and analyze attendance data trends and outcomes to guide prevention and early intervention efforts for targeted grade levels
  • Demonstrate increased staff, student, and parent awareness of attendance expectations and Performance Meter goals
  • Demonstrate an increased use of prevention and intervention programs to improve student attendance school-wide (incentive programs, community partnerships, parent support)
  • Have at least a 5% increase in the percentage of students attending school at a rate of 96% or higher in the targeted grade level by the end of the school year, as compared to the previous year


School Selection 
LAUSD secondary and elementary schools with the lowest rates of 96% or higher (proficient/advanced) student attendance in the targeted grade level (TK/K or Grade 9) and an Academic Performance Index (API) score of less than 800 were identified for API support.
These highest need schools were assigned 1 day of Attendance Improvement Counselor (AIC) support time for every 50 students enrolled in the targeted grade level during the 2012-13 school year as follows:


Grade Level Enrollment

Assigned Counselor Days per Week

0 – 50


51 – 100


101 – 150


151 – 200


201 or more



For more information please contact:

  Alicia Garoupa, LCSW
Interim Director, Pupil Services
(213) 241-3844
Martha O. Godinez, M.S.W.
Interim Coordinator, Attendance Improvement Program
(213) 202-2012
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