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ERIC Number: EJ760212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Accelerating the Learning of Low-Achieving Students: The Transformation of a Dropout
Finnan, Christine; Chasin, Gene
Phi Delta Kappan, v88 n8 p625-629 Apr 2007
Anthony, a stocky, muscular, young African American man with a smile that exudes warmth and enthusiasm, chose a path taken by far too many of his peers: he became a high school dropout. He started down this path long before he entered his urban high school in Wisconsin in 1997. Throughout his years in school, he had never been pushed to excel, and no one had taken the time to build on his potential. Anthony quickly adopted the attitude that school was a boring waste of time. He saw himself as an academic failure, and his middle school, judging by the academic record that he had created, agreed. By 1999, Anthony had officially dropped out of school. However, when Anthony dropped out, a counselor at his high school told him that he might want to think about a program offered by Affiliated Alternatives, an alternative school affiliated with Accelerated Schools plus, the national school reform model. Affiliated Alternatives brings together four alternative programs for students who are at risk of failure or have already dropped out: (1) Alternative Education Resource Options; (2) Cluster Program; (3) School-Age Parent Program; and (4) Work and Learn Center. Anthony was eligible for the Work and Learn Center, an alternative program designed for students who are close to completing high school but can benefit from the linking of school and work experiences. In this article, the authors explain how Anthony, with the help of Affiliated Alternatives, has been able to succeed against all odds. (Contains 14 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin