Exploring the School-Within-A-School (SWAS) Model
Master of Science
Madalienne F. Peters, EdD
In an effort to share the successes and challenges of modern day learning environments, Schools-Within-School programs are studied. The research has been examined to pinpoint instructional and organizational factors that lead to student success. Specifically studied are Schools- Within-School programs. A thorough reading of the research leads to the conclusion that Schools-Within-School programs are under-utilized yet reap in student success stories. Research indicates that successful School-Within-A-School programs share similar organizational models including a strong commitment from the school community (administration, teachers, students and parents/guardians) are theme based and are not "pilot projects". A review of the literature on student success, motivation and high school reform all acknowledge Schools-Within-School models as successful. Benefits to such programs include: an increase of graduation rates and post-secondary education, improved relationships between student and teacher, a sense of inclusion or belonging, lower instances of drug and alcohol abuse and a decrease in crime. Along with these benefits challenges arise including funding and program sustainability. Effective Schools-Within-School programs are typically referred to as small learning communities, academies, house schools, or tracks.
Cater, Gina Rivera, "Exploring the School-Within-A-School (SWAS) Model" (2002). Education | Print Theses. 188.