Model Program

Southern Dropout Prevention Alliance

8343 Roswell Road
Suite 173
Atlanta, GA 30350
http://www.southerndpa.com

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Contact Information:
Mr. Dean Teague
Director of Operations
601.850.1569
helpdesk@integratedae2.com

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention
Recovery/Reentry

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

All Ages

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals
Grade Level
School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

The Southern Dropout Prevention Alliance has been instrumental in helping at-risk students graduate from high school and assisting schools with increasing graduation rates. Since 2005 85% of the 1024 students selected for our program were admitted to college. The other 13% were able to gain employment through various partnerships and our career mentor program. The remaining 2% successfully completed a GED program. Data collected between 2008-2011 from the 26 high schools we supported, showed steady increases in the graduation rate ranging from 5-12 % annually. In another study involving 123 middle school students who previously participated in at least two years with SDPA, showed significant improvement academically in core subjects (95% pass rate), a decline in discipline referrals (42%), and an increase in daily attendance (41%). District surveys involving 500 teachers in 10 school districts, showed that 97% of the teachers reported improvement in students' interpersonal skills and social attitude.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Adult Education, Attendance/Truancy, Behavior Management/Discipline, Bi-lingual/ESL, Bullying/Violence, Career Education, Community Collaboration, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Credit Recovery, Extended-School/Summer Program, Family/Parental Involvement, Homeless, Literacy Development, Study Skills

Strategies for Locating Students:
Phone calls, Home visits, Personalized letters, Newspaper ads, Television ads/radio announcements, Materials distributed in public venues, Posters displayed in public places, Outreach conducted at locations/events attended by youth, Public events focused on dropout recovery, Collaboration with other schools/districts, Collaboration with social service agencies/community-based organizations, Collaboration with law enforcement

Starting Date: 2005
Students Served Per Year: 250-500
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: 1-5%
Last Verified: 2012

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk peer group
  • Highly socially active outside of school
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • 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
  • Low educational expectations
  • Low contact with school
  • Lack of conversations about school

School factors

  • Race/ethnicity
  • School math achievement
  • School policies and practices
  • Student engagement
  • Teacher expectations

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Competence

  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic

School

  • Comprehensive diagnostic systems
  • Early warning systems
  • Personalized instruction and learning
  • Rigorous and relevant instruction
  • Academic support
  • Instruction on behavior and social skills
  • Supportive school climate
  • Development of vocational skills
  • Encourage family involvement/community supports
  • Teach self-determination and self-advocacy skills including student/person-centered planning
  • Eliminate practices that push students out of school
  • Help students to address problems that interfere with learning

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $25,000 - $100,000 or $500 - $1000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

State Agencies
School Districts
Foundations
Donations
Organizations/Agencies

Teachers
Counselors
Volunteers
Social Workers
SROs
Graduation Coaches
Parents
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Media/CD/DVD
Instructional Texts/Manuals
Computer/Internet Based

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level