STUDENTS SUCCEED IN THE RESPOND TO EVERY ACADEMIC CRISIS HOLISTICALLY (REACH) PROGRAM: A POSITIVE EDUCATION JOURNEY FOR STUDENTS AT-RISK.
The number of dropouts in the United States has become a national crisis and students who are at-risk are on the rise. Educational institutions have failed to create equity amongst all students and at-risk students continuously lack equitable services at school to meet their needs to succeed. Private schools especially, overlook the needs of their most disadvantaged students and have no services established to assist these students with the high standards and rigorous course load. One private school in Northern California has developed a prevention dropout program known as REACH (Respond to Every Academic Crisis Holistically). This service serves the bottom 5% of students who are low achieving. This program equips these students with the skill, resources, and support necessary to be successful at this private high school as well as reduces their chances of dropping out. In this study, the researcher proves how the REACH program helped students who were at-risk gain higher levels of self-esteem, increased academic achievement, improved classroom behavior, and developed healthier relationships with peers and teachers. The methodology selected included surveys, interviews, observations, archival data (student transcripts), and the researcher’s journal. For three years, the researcher served in the field as a human instrument and investigated how this service made an impact on students who were at-risk. Students, parents, and teachers all agreed that the REACH program helped at-risk students with their self-esteem, academic achievement, classroom behavior, and relationships with peers and teachers. The REACH program served as a positive educational experience for at-risk students to succeed in their academic and personal journey.
Academic Achievement, At-Risk Students, Classroom Behavior, Dropout Prevention Programs, Equity, Self-Esteem, Relationships with Peers and Teachers