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Out of School Youth

OSY are individuals who are not currently enrolled in school and do not have a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
The goal of the ESC 20 MEP is for all migrant OSY and Here to Work Youth to achieve positive outcomes, including the completion of a secondary education which can prepare them for college or assist them in becoming a productive member of the workforce.
Some typical reasons why OSY drop out include: working to contribute to the family income; lack of transportation; pregnancy and lack of childcare. These causal factors contribute to students falling behind in their studies, failing courses and state assessments exams which hinder their progress toward graduation.
OSY criteria:
  • Under the age of 22;
  • Does not have a high school diploma or GED;
  • Is not participating in any educational services;
  • Has moved across district or state lines to obtain temporary or seasonal employment or seasonal employment in fishing or agriculture
Support services based on educational need:
  • Credit recovery to assist in completing high school;
  • Tutoring in preparation for out of school testing;
  • Adult Education programs;
  • Workforce Solutions (WIA Youth Program, Child Care, OJT’s, Career Counseling);
  • Migrant Head Start programs for children and parents;
  • Head Start programs for infants and toddlers;
  • Other community resources.
Services to OSY are based on individual needs expressed in the Student Profile/Needs Assessment form.  Contact our office for more information regarding services/resources for OSY.



Resources for Out-of-School Youth

Adult Basic Education (ABE)
The Adult Basic Education Program is for students who are not proficient in reading, writing or math skills. 
This term does NOT apply to individuals of limited English Proficiency.
The purpose of the program is to increase basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, with an emphasis on helping students develop critical thinking skills. 


Adult Secondary Education (ASE) Classes
Adult Secondary Education classes include basic education and preparation classes for any of the Texas Certificates of High School Equivalency.  There are now three high school equivalency testing options in Texas: the GED test, the HiSET exam and the TASC test.  Upon the successful completion of a single provider's exam, the test taker will be issued a State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.  ASE classes also integrate the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency. 



You are eligible for class if you're:

  • 19 years or older
  • 17/18 years of age
Not enrolled in Secondary School (one form of documentation below is required in file
    • School/district withdrawal documentation, Parent letter stating student was home schooled, OR Completed Self-Attestation Form.  Parent/Guardian permission
    • Parent/Guardian signature on Student Enrollment Form, OR Completed Self-Attestation Form
  • 16 years of age: Court order, letter from judge, or letter from guardian agency that orders the student to AEL services.  In addition, a signature or letter from the public agency that has supervision or custody of the 16-year-old individual under a court order is required to approve the use of that individual's information and to acknowledge the validity of the information on the enrollment form.

Premier High Schools

Premier High School is designed for credit recovery and early graduation for students who thrive in smaller, independent learning environments who may feel underserved at traditional public high schools.  Each student has their own reason for choosing Premier High School.  We offer the opportunity for you to: 
  • Graduate early
  • Recover credits
  • Learn in a smaller environment
  • Discover Career Technical Education (CTE) courses
  • Attend school around your work schedule
  • Balance family and your education
  • Prepare for higher education
  • Earn college credits while in high school
The mission of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of 16-18 year old high school dropouts, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens. 


Eligibility Requirements

For selection into the program, the applicant must be:

  • 16-18 years of age at the time of entry into the program.
  • A high school dropout or not progressing in traditional high school setting.
  • A citizen of legal resident of the United States.
  • Unemployed, or underemployed.
  • Not currently on parole or probation and not accused or convicted of a crime that would be considered a felony if they were an adult.
  • Free from use of illegal drugs or substances.
  • Physically and mentally capable to participate in the program.
Job Corps is the nation's largest career technical training and education program for young people ages 16 through 24. Students can earn a high school diploma, a high school equivalency credential, or college credits through Job Corps.
We offer career technical training in more than 100 career areas. Students receive housing, meals, basic health care, a living allowance, training, and preparation for a career, all at no cost. For up to 2 months after graduation, a career transition counselor will help your student make the transition from Job Corps into the real world. 
iSOSY is a Consortium Incentive Grant funded by the Office of Migrant Education (OME) at the United States Department of Education (USDE) to build capacity in states with a growing secondary-aged migrant out-of-school youth population.