ERIC Number: ED368527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Implementation of a Rural Program To Reduce the Drop-out Rate of 9th- and 10th-Grade At-Risk Students.
Stradford, Charmaine W.
A program was developed to reduce the rising dropout rate of 9th- and 10th-grade students at Lewisville High School, a small rural school in Chester County, South Carolina. In the face of limited financial resources, the program manager coordinated existing services and networked with community agencies. School records, surveys, and questionnaires revealed that 45 students identified as at-risk had a variety of problems, including excessive failing grades, tardiness and absences, discipline problems, lack of self-esteem, and limited participation in school and nonschool activities. Aimed at providing students with success experiences and support services, program components included group and individual counseling sessions, field trips, peer tutoring, community speakers, teacher inservice training, career education, parent workshops, and business mentors. As a result of the program, the school dropout rate decreased from 7.2 percent in 1990-91 to 1.6 percent in June 1993. The target group showed significant decreases from January 1992 to June 1993 in the percentage of grades that were Ds and Fs, and also showed improvement in attitudes towards academics, as measured by the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory. Recommendations for maintaining and improving the project are discussed. Appendices include results of student, parent, and teacher surveys; characteristics of potential dropouts; and other information relevant to program implementation. Contains numerous data tables. (LP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chester County School District SC; Student Support Services
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.