ERIC Number: ED100732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
The School of Urban Studies: A School Within a School. Profiles of Promise 34.
A student program to combat chronic absenteeism, suspension, and behavior problems was implemented in September, 1972, at Memorial Junior High School in San Diego. The major aim of the program is to develop a small school environment to foster the growth of the whole student. Objectives focus on helping students develop a positive attitude toward school, helping students and teachers develop improved interpersonal relations, and improving academic achievement. The school maintains 300 students and has its own staff and schedule. The staff adopts a "head-on" approach to problems, offering comprehensive testing programs which help teachers identify the academic needs of individual students. Seminars and simulations are used to deal with problems. Student centered curriculum motivates students toward academic achievement, involves students in activities, and, moreover, offers some opportunities for decision making. The school curriculum, based on interdisciplinary studies developed by the staff, centers on three themes which were suggested by an initial survey of student needs and interests: A New Dimension, The Personal Side of Living, and The World of Work. After two years, teachers are pleased with the flexibility and general results of their curriculum; results of achievement tests, to date, have been inconclusive. Future plans for the school include more individualized instruction and an expansion of the human relations program. (Author/JH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Involvement, Human Relations Programs, Inner City, Interdisciplinary Approach, Junior High Schools, Nontraditional Education, Program Descriptions, School Holding Power, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Motivation, Team Teaching, Thematic Approach, Urban Education, Urban Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.
Identifiers - Location: California (San Diego)