Better with Numbers

Results from our fully implemented program show that Whitehaven’s graduation rate rose from 74.8% to over 90% during our engagement. Over the last 4 years, Whitehaven’s graduation rate has consistently been twelve percentage points higher than the Shelby County Schools’ average. It is currently the highest-rated public high school in Shelby County based on TVAAS evaluations measuring growth. Whitehaven High School’s class of 2017 also earned $130 million in scholarships.

Peer Power Quick Facts: 

  • 1,100,000+ hours of paid tutoring since 2005
  • Created 1,600+ quality jobs for students
  • More than 10,000 students involved in programs
  • Average ACT score increase of 3.2 points, enabling many scholars to be first in their families to attend college
  • Largest outside employer of University of Memphis students

 
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Whitehaven High School Results

TVAAS Plus Graduation

I must always work harder than others.

Mario J. Fortney

Mario Fortney is a Program Director at Whitehaven High School. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he received a Master’s in Business Administration and Business Analytics.

 He has worked with Peer Power since (2004) its inception beginning  as a high school tutor. He earned a full academic scholarship to UT Knoxville.  He has made a very strong commitment to using his talent to positively impact education in Memphis. Mario is a huge proponent of the Peer Power Model and knows it will continue to demonstrate its contributions to students' academic achievement, social and civic growth.

"Peer Power is what is right about Memphis."