ERIC Number: ED355302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
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Retaining Hispanic Youth in School: An Evaluation of a Counseling-Based Alternative School Program.
Heger, Herbert K.
A study was done of the efficacy of Project Reach, an alternative school program for seriously at-risk students attending the Socorro High School in the Socorro Independent School District (Texas). Program participants were those who had reached the pre-expulsion stage prior to admission. The program goals were to prevent dropouts or expulsions and to facilitate the reintegration of students into mainstream programs. Data for the evaluation of academic and administrative aspects of the project were gathered from the project proposal, classroom observations, attendance at special events such as plays, interviews with project staff, and analyses of internal evaluation data. The program served 7th through 12th graders with a self-concept development approach somewhat like a "Tough Love" or "Boot Camp" strategy. Traditional curriculum was delivered by computers linked to a satellite network; and the balance of the day was spent on health and drug education, drama, and personal log writing. Evaluation found dramatic improvements in student retention and reclamation from 1990 to 1992, and in student perceptions of program helpfulness, increased academic achievement, and increased self-respect. Suggestions for program enhancement and future research are included. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Assisted Instruction, Delinquency Prevention, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropout Prevention, High Risk Students, High School Students, High Schools, Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Nontraditional Education, Program Evaluation, School Holding Power, Self Esteem, Student Attitudes
University of Texas at El Paso, College of Education, El Paso, TX, 79968 (free in single copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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