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Less than half of seniors will graduate in this local school district

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Fifteen-thousand students in Pennsylvania drop out of school every year, according to a state education group.

At one school in Central Pennsylvania, less that half the senior students will graduate high school.

The Harrisburg School District is an example where many students won't throw their graduation caps in the air.

Ryan Riley, the president of Communities in Schools Pennsylvania, said, "They still suffer with more than 50 percent of their high school seniors dropping out."

The transition from middle school to high school is part of the struggle for students.

"Most of the drop outs of the numbers of students who have dropped out, that's coming in 9th and 10th grade," he said.

But Communities Schools in Pennsylvania works to keep students from elementary to high school on track with their education.

Riley said, "We take those students who are in the bottom third who are struggling with attendance and behavior and coursework. And we work with them one-on-one and we case manage them and we provide them the support they need. I'm thrilled to say that more than 90 percent of the students we case manage graduate."

The program is helping a William Penn Senior High School student in York stay on track.

Destiny, a 17-year-old junior, "They came to me because I was being late a lot and stuff like that do they wanted to help me come on time and get the extra help I needed with my school work and just be there."

The program also works with people who have already dropped out.

"What do we do with them? What does society do in a moment where those people need to potentially re-engage into the academic system?" Riley said.