Model Program

Bath County Graduation Success Academy

645 Chenault Drive
Owingsville, KY 40360

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Contact Information:
Mr. Roger T. Neace

Program Specification:






Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School




Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


The Bath County Graduation Success Academy, GSA, is a program developed by Superintendent, DPP, and the Bath County Board of Education. The program was developed to target at-risk students in the Bath County School District in grades 7-12. In the 2007-08 school year Bath County had upwards of 30 students that dropped out of high school. To combat this problem, the GSA was implemented with the hard work of the staff, and has had a successful year. The program is designed to service 30 students; 15 from the middle school level and 15 from the high school level. There is an application process that is presented to the Admissions Committee. Through the GSA, 9 students graduated from high school this year. All the students who were able to graduate were faced with serious personal obstacles. Thanks to their hard work and the hard work of the faculty of the GSA, they were able to overcome those challenges to become successful. The school is staffed with one dedicated principal and 2 wonderful classroom teachers.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Alternative Education, Attendance/Truancy, Career Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Credit Recovery, Family/Parental Involvement, Homeless, Literacy Development, Mentoring/Tutoring, Service Learning, Study Skills, Substance Abuse, Teen Pregnancy, Life Skills Training

Strategies for Locating Students:

Starting Date: 2008
Students Served Per Year: 50-250
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High number of work hours
  • Parenthood
  • High-risk peer group
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Highly socially active outside of school
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • No extracurricular participation
  • Misbehavior
  • Early aggression

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • High family mobility
  • Low education level of parents
  • Large number of siblings
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption
  • Low educational expectations
  • Sibling(s) has dropped out
  • Low contact with school
  • Lack of conversations about school

School factors

  • School size: too small/too large
  • School policies and practices
  • Student engagement
  • Teacher expectations

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status
  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Clear social norms
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Flexibility


  • Optimistic

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $100,000 - $200,000 or over $2000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies

Social Workers
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals
Computer/Internet Based


Evaluation Information:

According to the AYP Bath County has increased the number of students dropping out of high school for the last five years. In the 07/08 school year BCHS 30 students dropped out. After the implementation of our program we were able to re-enroll 11 students to date we have allowed 12 students to graduate from High School. We have also worked with community agencies to provide support and education for our female students who have children and those who are expecting. Our night school has given opportunity to students who have overcome tremendous adversity to just attend school of any kind.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level