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Author McClay, Stephanie L., author.
Title A qualitative study of successful California continuation high schools : effectively serving students at risk / by Stephanie L. McClay.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2011.

 Electronic Book  LB2369 .Z962 2011 M33eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 176 pages) : forms.
Content Type text
Format online resource
File Characteristics text file PDF
Thesis Ed.D. California State University, Northridge 2011.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 148-156).
Summary This multiple-case, qualitative study seeks to explore a sample of successful continuation high schools in Los Angeles County, California to examine structural, social, academic, and staffing practices that support student learning and achievement. The researcher believes that a better understanding of these elements would allow district and school-level educators to proceed from a more informed perspective in terms of informing continuation high school improvement and reform efforts. The findings of this study indicate that a positive school culture with a focus on personalization permeates school operations and interactions with students at successful continuation high schools. These schools maintain a positive school culture supported by a clear mission, high expectations for students' success, and a safe and orderly school environment. The operational structures at each school vary; however, these schools perceive that they have a high level of district and community support, principal leadership that supports distributed leadership and collaboration, multiple pathways for students to complete graduation requirements, and class size norms below 25. The school culture emphasizes differentiation of instruction based upon individual student needs and focuses on academic as well as personal growth. The staff at all these schools articulate a commitment to never giving up on students, and they prioritize student engagement through positive adult and peer relationships. The effective qualities of staff members, both classified and certificated, are perceived to be more important to the students' and schools' success than the quantity of staff members on site.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on November 29, 2011).
Subject Alternative schools -- California -- Case studies.
High schools -- California -- Case studies.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Education -- Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
OCLC number 850939830