Project GRAD is founded on the belief that there is a relationship between a student's family life, discipline problems, mathematics achievement, reading achievement, and future goals. Subsequently, the program seeks to simultaneously address the numerous factors hindering a student's performance in kindergarten through college by focusing on interventions in these five areas. Using a feeder system, Project Grad hopes to drive systemic education reform.
Research from one school district implementing Project Grad strategies saw improvement in student discipline, higher graduation rates, and increased college-going behavior of the targeted population.
Project GRAD – 1998-1999 Program Evaluation Report: An evaluation of Project Grad in the Houston Independent Schools District found that students participating in Project Grad programs had consistent, positive results on student discipline, graduation rates and college attendance.