ERIC Number: ED321210
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
School-Community Guidance Center: An Alternative Education Program for High-Risk Students, 1989-90, Publication No. 89-28.
Swanson, Lesley Anne; Williams-Robertson, Lydia
The School-Community Guidance Center (SCGC) of the Austin Independent School District employed three project specialists to work with at-risk and delinquent middle and high school students in 1989-90. Project specialists worked at two locations: the Alternative Learning Center (ALC) located at the Ridgeview Campus and the Travis County Juvenile Detention Center located at Gardner-Betts House (GBH). SCGC was designed to help these at-risk students improve in the areas of school attendance, academic achievement, behavior, and frequency of contacts with the court system. An evaluation of the program determined that: (1) enrollment at GBH (N=715) increased by 27 percent in 1989-90 with a student-teacher ratio of 15:1; (2) recidivism had increased; (3) follow-up data suggest that attending ALC had no effect on academic performance; (4) insubordination, truancy, fighting, and obscene language were the most common referral categories; (5) a new practice resulted in the transfer of 151 overage middle school students to the ALC; (6) while few students wanted to remain at the ALC another semester, more than one-half were more confident about staying in school and most believed that their behavior had improved; and (7) few of the school district's employees had a positive view of the ALC. ( Program statistics are included in graphs, figures, and tables. The student agreement form, attendance contract, goal setting form, and list of community agencies utilized by the SCGC are attached.) (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.