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ERIC Number: ED413379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Pages: 51
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Cornerstones: Catholic High Schools That Serve Predominately African American Student Populations.
Polite, Vernon C.
This paper describes the historical and social contexts of schooling for 31 predominately African American Catholic high schools referred to here as the "Cornerstones." Twenty-six (86%) of these schools were in inner city areas. In an effort to understand the common characteristics and practices of these schools, their 31 principals in the 1996-97 school year were asked to complete the "African American Catholic High School Survey," a 75-item instrument designed to provide school-specific information on a wide range of topics, including the school building, students, the principal, curriculum and instruction, finances and development, Catholic identity, and African American cultural identity. Sites visits were conducted at 22 of the schools, where reflective conversations were held with the principals using data collection procedures that were developed and implemented nationally. These conversations and document reviews provided information about the schools and the beliefs and practices of the principals. A conspicuous characteristic of these schools is the academic success each enjoys, as measured by the number of students who go on to college (91% across the schools). Other educational practices that were common to these schools were: (1) open tracking system, with students grouped by ability but moving in and out of tracks; (2) summer remediation for incoming students who lack academic skills; (3) regard for the individual student; (4) required summer make-ups for students deficient in particular areas; (5) emphasis on guidance and counseling; (6) a climate centered on academics; and (7) a safe and orderly environment, with dismissal of students not willing to comply with school guidelines. Implications of these findings for the formation of a consortium of Catholic high schools are discussed. (Contains 7 tables, 1 figure, and 44 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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