ERIC Number: ED096084
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: N/A
Student Dropout Study of Ft. Wingate [New Mexico] High School.
Horton, James M.; Annalora, Donald J.
BIA Education Research Bulletin, v3 n2 May 1974
The report examined the American Indian dropout rate for the fall semester, 1973-74, at Ft. Wingate High School (FWHS) in Gallup, New Mexico. For that period, the FWHS dropout rate was 26 percent, compared to a national average of about 25 percent (FWHS) statistics are for one semester; national statistics are for an entire year). Dropouts were defined as students who had enrolled in the Federal boarding school and later withdrew without completing a full year. Reasons for leaving were: (1) illness, (2) transferred to another school, (3) did not return from home leave, and (4) some kind of trouble. A questionnaire was developed and sent out to each of the identified dropouts, with a 35.4 percent return rate. Section A asked reasons for withdrawal, covering health; absence; parental influence; dorm conditions; and trouble with police, other students, or at home. The major reasons for dropping out were: (1) sent home for drinking or AWOL (17.2 percent); (2) stealing in dorms (16.6 percent); and (3) missed too many days. Things the respondents liked most about FWHS were counselors (92.7 percent), teachers (91.2 percent), and activities (90.6 percent). Things disliked most were other students (30.9 percent) and dorm staff (28.8 percent). Activities and classes were felt to be the best things about Wingate High School; drinking and stealing in the dorms were the worst. (KM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Albuquerque, NM.