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A model that addresses at-risk students: A Jesuit academy
by Grant, Jeffrey F., Ed.D., The George Washington University, 2008, 215; 3297239
Abstract (Summary)

This study identified the Jesuit Academy as a viable option for addressing the needs of at-risk students. The Jesuit Academy, a middle-school located in Washington, DC, is a NativityMiguel Model School that utilizes multiple reform models that have been previously examined as means of raising the achievement level of the at-risk population. The reform models implemented at the Jesuit Academy are: (1) single-sex classrooms, (2) extended school day, (3) extended school year, (4) small class sizes, (5) small school, (6) parental involvement, and (7) faith-based education.

The purpose of the study was to investigate the impact NativityMiguel Model schools have on the stakeholders of the schools. The ethnographic case study utilized qualitative methodology to illustrate the proceedings that led to school's establishment, the environment of a NativityMiguel Model school, and the perceptions of the adult stakeholders. Interviews, surveys, observations, and analysis of archival records provided the data for the study.

The researcher concluded that the staff, parents, and community stakeholders are content with the impact the Jesuit Academy has had on the academic and social growth of the at-risk students enrolled. Only boys from families who qualify for free and reduced-price meals are accepted. All of the students receive scholarships to attend the school which is funded through private donations and fundraisers. The boys of the Jesuit Academy are trained to be Men for Others. The study also identified that the students of the Jesuit Academy have increased their reading levels by 2.5 grade levels as documented by the standardized test scores of the ITBS. The students participate in the Summer Leadership Camp mandated by the school, and graduates receive ongoing support from the school as they pursue their educations in secondary programs.

As the school has only been in existence since 2002, no data have been collected to identify the impact the Jesuit Academy has on the lives of the students after high school. Further research is needed to measure the outcomes the Jesuit Academy will have on the lives of the students as they pursue higher education.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: English, Mary
Commitee: Bussey, Lawrence, Howerton, Everett, Jenkins, Frank, Perry, Vanessa
School: The George Washington University
Department: Educational Administration and Policy Studies
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-A 69/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: School administration
Keywords: Alternative calendar, At risk, At-risk students, Jesuit academy, NativityMiguel Model, School choice
Publication Number: 3297239
ISBN: 978-0-549-45071-9
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