Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

School-Within-a-School and its Effectiveness as Measured by Improved Grades, Increased Attendance, and Student Satisfaction
by Shelmire, Amanda E., Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2011, 146; 3481648
Abstract (Summary)

Although the number of high school students not graduating is alarming, a successful transition from middle school to high school can place students on the path toward graduation. In 2009, a large, suburban high school implemented a school-within-a-school program to help ease this difficult transition for incoming, at-risk freshmen students. The school-within-a-school program assists students before they begin to struggle while providing them with a team teaching approach within the traditional high school setting.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the school-within-a-school program on student success, using the school district's outcome measures of grades and attendance, while also using data gathered from surveys to examine students' perceptions of the program. This study indicated that a one-year, voluntary school-within-a-school program consisting of approximately 15 students per class was able to meet the needs of at-risk freshmen by decreasing the number of semester F's and changing their perceptions of school as compared to their middle school experiences. Overall, the participants were satisfied and perceived the school-within-a-school program to be beneficial. While results revealed that the program increased students' academic achievement and their perceptions of school while enrolled in the program, it did not have a statistically significant difference on student attendance. This study will be beneficial to other school districts seeking the implementation of a transitional alternative program in the traditional school setting for at-risk freshmen.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wisdom, Sherrie
Commitee: Ayres, Deb, Weir, Graham
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 73/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Secondary education
Keywords: Academic achievement, At risk, At-risk students, School-within-a-school, Transitional alternative program
Publication Number: 3481648
ISBN: 978-1-267-01063-6
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