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TUSD's 'Steps To Success' program sending more students back to school

22-year-old Alanis 'Tay Tay' Borchardt, a Steps to Success program 'success story'. (Source: Tucson News Now) 22-year-old Alanis 'Tay Tay' Borchardt, a Steps to Success program 'success story'. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Steps to Success program. (Source: Tucson Unified School District) Steps to Success program. (Source: Tucson Unified School District)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Steps to Success program, which helps students who have dropped out of school in the Tucson Unified School District and encourages them to return, continues to live up to its name.


According to TUSD spokesperson Stefanie Boe, 384 students have enrolled back to school through the program and 64 students have graduated. They expect to see more 'Steps to Success' students in December's TUSD winter graduation.

"We specifically seek out students who, according the Arizona Department of Education, are classified as educational "Status Unknown," said TUSD on the Steps To Success' website. "We attempt to contact each family with a message of community support and academic assistance, in hopes the student will return to school."

Twenty-year-old Alanis 'Tay Tay' Borchardt was forced to drop out of Cholla High School shortly before graduation to get a full-time job to help her family, and at one point ended up homeless.

"I didn't have nothing at all," said Borchardt. "Like, I just had $2 in my pocket and that was it."

The program is also expanding to other Arizona school districts. According to Boe, the Tempe Union High School District is meeting with TUSD officials about bringing the program on board. It's already been implemented in Phoenix.

"They were walking me through, telling me to go back to high school and what was my plan," said Borchardt about the program. 

Borchardt graduated in June 2016, and hopes her story will inspire others to push through. 

"I didn't think I was going to be in this situation where like now, I'm telling my story," said Borchardt. "I just hope that someone stays ... just sees this and stays in schools like "If she can do it, so can I."

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