ERIC Number: ED191605
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Mar-30
Reference Count: N/A
Rationale for an Alternative School Serving the Yuma Union High School District.
Cabrera, M.; And Others
An alternative high school is proposed to meet the needs of the substantial number of Yuma students who are dropping out of school at increasing rates. In the period from 1974 to 1978 enrollment at Yuma's 2 high schools increased by only 8% while the drop-out rate increased by 56%. Enrollment figures show that the drop-out rate is highest in grade 11 and that the rate for males is nearly twice that for females. When ethnic groups are compared, Mexican American and Anglo groups have the highest drop-out rates. An alternative high school would lower the drop-out rates by offering a program to meet the needs of students who leave school because of attendance, social, or academic problems. The school would feature diagnostic and prescriptive testing, small classes, individually prescribed and competency-based instruction, a major emphasis on the development of fundamental skills, involvement of all students in career and vocational exploration, intensive counseling, career awareness seminars, and GED preparation. It is estimated that approximately 75 students would be eligible for enrollment at the start of the program. Funding for the alternative school is estimated at $150,000 for the first year with additional capital outlay for the facilities and equipment. Appendices contain tables showing enrollment and drop-out figures by age, sex, ethnic group, and school for the period from 1974-1978. (JH)
Descriptors: Anglo Americans, Career Development, Declining Enrollment, Discipline Problems, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Dropout Rate, Dropouts, Enrollment Rate, High School Equivalency Programs, Mexican American Education, Needs Assessment, Nontraditional Education, Program Proposals, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Yuma Union High School District, AZ.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona