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Keepin' It Real

About This Resource

Keepin' it REAL is a universal school-based substance use prevention program designed in multicultural settings for middle school students. The curriculum is taught by classroom teachers in 45-minute sessions once a week for ten weeks. Classroom sessions include group discussions, role playing, games, and five videos produced by youth, designed to teach students drug resistance skills. Our review of the program is limited to the curriculum as implemented by the original developers and does not reflect the alternative implementation model used by Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) America. (Source)

Washingnton State Institute of Promising Practices benefit-cost report (rated: Promising)

National Dropout Prevention Center Registry

Rating: Moderate Evidence


Washington State Institute for Public Policy Registry

Rating: Promising


Cost Information



If you would like more information on the alternative implementation model of Keepin' It Real used by Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) copy and paste the following link into your browser: Cost information for the D.A.R.E. curriculum available here:

Who This Resource Is For


  • Marijuana Use Prevention
  • Substance Use Prevention
  • Support Tier: 

  • Tier 1
  • Age Range: 

  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • High
  • Language: 

  • English
  • Ethnicity: 

  • Not Specified / Any
  • Community Type: 

  • Urban