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
Over 1,137,168 hours tutored and counting.

Chris Xa

 I am a native Memphian with a unique passion for Economics. I am a proud son of immigrant parents. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in Economics at the University of Memphis specializing in Labor Economic, Education Economics, and Econometric. I have the honor to serve Peer Power as a Doctoral Fellow, where I study education data and school environments to better help the kids we serve. My topics of research (both within and without of Peer Power) include: Labor policies within educational settings, Teacher incentive policies and retention rates, Human capital measures, and Public funding allocation efficiency. Outside of school and work I love to cook and cheer on our Memphis Grizzles.