The Impact of the Samantha Academy of Creative Education (SACE) on Students Placed At-Risk at a Suburban High School in Southwest Texas

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Title: The Impact of the Samantha Academy of Creative Education (SACE) on Students Placed At-Risk at a Suburban High School in Southwest Texas
Author: Valdez, Patrick J.
Abstract: Reducing student dropout is of extreme importance to the United States . The loss in revenue as well as in human terms is huge . Several problems exist concerning students placed at -risk for dropping out . These include no agreed upon method of calculating drop out rates , differing opinions on the causes of school dropout , and a body of literature that is sparse concerning educational approaches for keeping students placed at -risk in school . This study examined the impact of the Samantha Academy of Creative Education (SACE ) on the students placed at -risk and the teacher perceptions of the SACE program by the teachers working in the program at a suburban high school of Southwest Texas . The population of this mixed -methods study consisted of secondary general education students from a large suburban high school in Southwest Texas who had been placed at -risk . One of these groups consisted of students that participated in the SACE program while the other group consisted of a similar group of students not participating in SACE . Statistical tests were conducted to determine if a difference existed between the two groups with regard to graduation rate , attendance rate , and core grade average . Perceptions of the SACE program by the teachers that worked within the SACE program were gathered . Results indicate that student placed at -risk who participated in the SACE program had higher core grade averages , higher rates of graduation , and higher rates of attendance compared to students placed at -risk within the same high school who did not participate in SACE . Teachers perceived that the SACE program was efficacious for students placed at risk because of three broad themes . This study further demonstrated that effective programs aimed at helping students placed at -risk can be developed within the context of a regular high school setting . Recommendations for further research and implications for practice were provided .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2009 -05 -408
Date: 2010-01-16

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The Impact of the Samantha Academy of Creative Education (SACE) on Students Placed At-Risk at a Suburban High School in Southwest Texas. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2009 -05 -408 .

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