ERIC Number: ED340803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
New Horizons Program, Planning/Evaluation Report for 1990-91.
Des Moines Public Schools, IA.
The New Horizons Program provides supportive services such as counseling, attendance monitoring, career-related instruction, and work experience to dropout-prone students and their families in order to improve students' academic achievement and increase their graduation rate. Work experience, a major component of the program, helps students focus on learning for a purpose so that they see the relevance of education. Services of New Horizons encourage and motivate approximately 1,400 students in Des Moines (Iowa) to stay in school and improve attendance and achievement. Program components include the following: (1) work experience and supportive services; (2) a home remodeling project; (3) a handyman and chore service; (4) a dropout-outreach project; (5) a private sector focus project; (6) an apprenticeship project; (7) a dropout demonstration project/computer laboratory component; (8) a dropout demonstration project/School within a School work experience component; and (9) a summer youth employment project. The program has been successful for 23 years and continues to prove its worth in holding attendance rates up and keeping dropout rates down. Future plans are summarized. Evaluation results are provided in 4 figures and 10 tables. A nine-page table summarizes selected program objectives. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Career Education, Dropout Prevention, Education Work Relationship, Educational Counseling, High Risk Students, Intermediate Grades, Middle Schools, Potential Dropouts, Program Evaluation, Relevance (Education), School Districts, Secondary Education, Urban Youth, Work Experience Programs, Youth Employment
Department of Information Management, Des Moines Public Schools, 1800 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309-3399.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA.