ERIC Number: ED177391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Bostrom Alternative Center for Education: Interim Evaluation Report.
Norris, Carol A.; Chan, Susy S.
The mid-year evaluation of the Bostrom Alternative Center for Education (BACE) during its third year of operation (1978-79) reviewed student characteristics, student termination, and results of student, parent and staff surveys. Students (N=334) attended Bostrom Center during the first semester. The academic program had the largest student enrollment (158); Life Skills (89) and GED (87) had similar size of enrollment. The majority of the students' ages ranged from 15 to 18 years old. Students were primarily Hispanic, black, and white, with a large proportion of non-white minority students. Most students had less than 10 credits earned toward graudation. About one-third of the students were dropouts for one or more years. Most of them came from schools within the Phoenix Union High School System and many had attended Bostrom Center previously. Students were referred to Bostrom through school counselors, friends, probation/parole officers. About 23% of the students were on probation/parole at the time of enrollment. By January 1979, 134 students were terminated. The dropout rate was about 22.5%. Among all terminated students, 63% withdrew for non-positive reasons; 11 obtained their GED Certificates. In general, students, parents and staff all endorsed the program as a success. Individualized support for student academic and social problems, understanding staff, small classes and self-paced learning helped change students' attitudes toward school. GED and vocational orientation in curriculum, coordination among staff members, and frequent parental contacts also facilitated student performance. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phoenix Union High School District, AZ.