El Paso — The El Paso Independent School District is going door to door looking for students. Every year dozens of kids drop out of school in El Paso, and every year members of the district's Alpha Team go looking for those dropouts. The program has been around since 2008. It's a way for the district to maintain contact with dropouts to let them know that they aren't forgotten, and to also help get them back into the classroom. About 85 percent of students contacted do return to class.
"We get out to the homes. we identify where the homes are and we talk to the student out in the field. if the student can't be found we talk to neighbors, to associates. we find these students however possible," said Mark Mendoza with Team Alpha.
In 2010, more than 6,400 students in the Borderland dropped out of high school.