First Advisor

Parks, Martin


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

Master of Education


School of Education and Counseling

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access



Number of Pages

56 pages


The primary goal of dropout prevention programs is to prevent as many students from leaving school as possible. The percentage of individuals leaving Nevada schools without obtaining a regular diploma is among the highest in the nation (Schmidt & Barr, 2004, p. 9). The primary methodology employed in this project was Content Analysis (Leedy & Ormrod, 2005). In Content Analysis, the researcher identifies specific examples of selected characteristics in similar documents defining the characteristics more clearly. Each item is then broken down into smaller manageable segments to be analyzed separately (Leedy & Ormrod, 2005, p. 142). This research reviewed documents from the five largest school districts in this country including, New York City Public Schools (n = 1.063,609), Los Angeles Unified School District (n = 746,610), City of Chicago Public Schools (n = 438,589), Miami-Dade County Florida Public Schools (n = 362,319), and the Broward County Florida Public Schools (n = 271,339). This research project reviewed documents from the five largest school districts in the United States to identify common themes and strategies inherent in successful dropout prevention programs. Recommendations to encourage potential dropouts in Clark County Schools to stay in high school and graduate are provided.

Date of Award

Spring 2006

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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