ERIC Number: ED333070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Students at Risk: A Comprehensive Approach to Dropout Prevention.
Williams, James A.
The Dayton (Ohio) Public Schools have developed a comprehensive dropout prevention program to meet the needs of at-risk middle school students. The general needs of the middle school student were addressed through a restructuring of the middle schools that limited the schools to grades 7 and 8 and organized them into "cluster teams" to facilitate problem-solving. A pilot project is also testing a home-based guidance program designed to reduce student isolation and increase meaningful contact with adults. The special needs of middle school students who are 16 or older are being addressed through a community partnership initiative called the New Futures Program. New Futures combines the efforts of the following groups: (1) the schools; (2) business and industry; (3) city and state government; (4) human service agencies; and (5) universities. The following components are supported by a case management system that tracks and accesses the multiple support services: (1) collaboration with area universities; (2) mentoring; (3) intensive, sustained counseling; (4) access to social services; (5) accelerated remediation; (6) individualized planning and instruction; (7) school-business collaboration; (8) nontraditional settings, instructional methods, and scheduling; (9) parental involvement; (10) prevocational and vocational emphasis; and (11) innovative school completion options. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dayton City Schools, OH.