ERIC Number: EJ759610
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
"Street Schools" Face Hard Road to Success
Robelen, Erik W.
Education Week, v26 n31 p24-26 Apr 2007
This article discusses how a growing network of Christian alternative schools--some nearly as vulnerable as the children they serve--is bent on getting troubled students back on track. Denver Street School expects a lot of its teachers, but does not pay them much, as it tries to turn around the lives of troubled students seeking a second, or even third, chance at success. The school of some 60 students in grades 7-12, housed in a red-brick church facility here in the Denver suburbs, places a premium on giving students personalized attention, a strong moral compass, and the tools for self-sufficiency. The students have faced all kinds of problems--drug and alcohol abuse, pregnancy, dysfunctional families--and typically have either dropped out or gotten kicked out of regular public schools. This article discusses the efforts made by the National Association of Street Schools (NASS) network along with the Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to increase the number of students who graduate from high school ready for work and college.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Pregnancy, Substance Abuse, Christianity, Parochial Schools, Nontraditional Education, Secondary School Students, Moral Values, Self Efficacy, Adolescents, Family Influence, High Risk Students, Education Work Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado