ERIC Number: ED463365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Alternative Schools: Providing a Safety Net in Our High Schools To Cope with the At-Risk Student Challenge.
Munoz, Marco A.
This study analyzes the non-academic impact of a program for at-risk students within an urban alternative high school. The Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky, work on the premise that prevention is a key part of safety net strategies for at-risk students. Liberty High School is an alternative safety net high school intended to develop a community of learners who demonstrate acceptance, leadership, and academic success through a caring, collaborative, and engaging learning environment. Liberty includes such features as a program for 9th graders at risk of dropping out, a high school prep program for 8th graders, and a life skills/learning habits program. This study evaluated the characteristics and numbers of student participants, characteristics of the scope of service in the program, and differences in participating students' attendance and suspension. Data were collected on attendance and discipline from a district database and program activity logs. Results indicate that the program was able to help high school students who exhibited attendance, behavioral, and social problems that limited their ability to succeed in the regular school environment. The program improved attendance in participating students and helped decrease behavioral problems. (Contains 17 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky