#NoExcusesRockaway is our promise to do "whatever it takes" to ensure that every student in Rockaway attends every class, every day. 

In 2016, we built a partnership of local businesses, churches, schools, government officials, and nonprofits to help our pilot school, PS 104, achieve their highest daily student attendance in 15 years. Here's how it works.


  • 23% of Far Rockaway K-8th graders and 48% of 9th-12th graders in Far Rockaway were classified as Chronically Absent  in the 2012-2013 school year. 

  • Unfortunately, chronic absenteeism seldom self‐corrects and left unattended results in a wide range of social and economic costs.

Our mission at Rockaway Rising is to get every student in Far Rockaway to every class and beyond, every day.  Currently, only 40% of the low income students in our neighborhood graduate from high school, and chronic absenteeism is often an early indicator of academic risk.

Contrary to what this data suggests, Far Rockaway students are not failing. Far Rockaway is failing its students. Rockaway Rising is committed to curing the dropout epidemic one relationship at a time.

Because of the success of our pilot in 2016, we will continue to work at PS 104 and expand our programming to 5 Far Rockaway schools. We are also piloting our first in-house afterschool program at PS 104 with some of our most academically disengaged students in the 2016-2017 school year.