ERIC Number: ED394939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Ensuring Success for At-Risk Students at the High School.
Ruppert, Nancy Bell; Smith, Margaret J.
This study examines components of a middle school program designed to enable at-risk students to complete the 3 years of middle school in 2 years, and it looks at the progress of eight graduates of the program during their first semester in high school in South Carolina. Over-age students who entered sixth grade and displayed potential were considered for the pre-high school at-risk program. The group studied is the first group of students to successfully complete the self-contained, highly-structured, technology-based program. Student interviews, teacher surveys, parent questionnaires, and student grades were examined to identify each student's progress in the first two 9-week segments of the first 9th-grade semester. The study showed a lack of parent involvement; lack of communication between the middle school and the high school administration and guidance departments; and poor effort on the students' part. Yet, by the end of the semester, six of the eight students were passing at least half of their courses. Findings suggest: that the middle school at-risk program contained all the elements of a good program; that good communication is needed between middle school and high school; and that more parent participation needs to be encouraged. (Contains 12 references.) (NAV)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Acceleration (Education), Articulation (Education), Grade 9, Guidance Programs, High Risk Students, High Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Parent Attitudes, Potential Dropouts, Program Effectiveness, Remedial Programs, Student Improvement, Student Needs, Teacher Responsibility
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: South Carolina