ERIC Number: ED327601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb-15
Reference Count: N/A
A Longitudinal Study of the Graduates of the Peninsula Academies. Final Report.
Reller, Dorothy J.
The Peninsula Academies Program is a three-year high school program designed to provide at-risk students with the motivation to graduate from high school with skills relevant to future employment. The program combines a full schedule of academic and technical courses with "employability" training in a school-within-a-school setting. Based on a school-business partnership, the Academies program offers career-oriented field trips, guest speakers, employee mentors, and paid work experience in local companies to supplement the regular classroom work. Enrollment is limited to approximately 100 students at each of 2 participating schools across grades 10 through 12. This study seeks to determine the impact of the Peninsula Academies on graduates 15 and 27 months after high school completion. It focuses on the following four main areas: (1) employment experience; (2) educational experience; (3) usefulness of high school training; and (4) overall self-appraisal. The longitudinal study findings suggest that within a year or two after high school, Academy and non-Academy graduates were performing about equally well on most measures of employment achievement, and that their educational activities were also similar. Findings suggest that the program benefits its participants in many ways. The report includes 2 appendixes and a 20-item bibliography. (AF)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Education Work Relationship, High Risk Students, High School Graduates, High School Students, High Schools, Longitudinal Studies, Mentors, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Student Motivation, Technical Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers: California (Stanford); High School Academies; Partnerships; Peninsula Academies Program