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ERIC Number: ED546349
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 133
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2676-3214-2
Preventing Student Expulsions through Policies, and Procedures for At-Risk Students
Smith, Michael Dale
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northcentral University
Staff members working at alternative schools must use best practices to effectively serve at-risk students and reduce expulsion rates. Expulsion is directly linked to high school dropout rates, with subsequent social costs. Today's alternative schools serve at-risk students who exhibit problematic behaviors, providing them an opportunity to continue their education without disruption. Many students, however, are being expelled from these "last chance" alternative schools for disruptive behavior. Unfortunately, few studies have originated from these schools to establish what constitutes a quality or an effective alternative program. This single case study identified factors and processes which supported student success and persistence in an alternative educational setting. The South Alternative Learning Center (SALC) is part of the Brevard Public Schools system located in Central Florida. The SALC is a "last chance" school for students facing the possibility of expulsion, created to assist students in maintaining their academic progress towards graduation by avoiding full expulsion. A purposefully chosen sample of former SALC students were interviewed to determine which factors and processes evident at the SALC enabled them to remain persistent and successful. Teacher interviews provided further data on factors supporting student success. Teachers purposefully selected for this study included members of the SALC staff and teachers at the home schools of student interviewees. Three major factors related to student success emerged from participant interviews: the student/teacher relationship, parent involvement, and the strict structure and predictable routine of this alternative school. Triangulation and validity were provided by the three sources of data utilized: successful former students, teachers among the SALC staff, and teachers from the home schools. This study, demonstrated that strict policies and procedures at an alternative school influenced student success. Just as important for student success, however, were the student/teacher relationships and the parental involvement. It is suggested that future studies include parents as a participating group to gather additional data. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida