Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Vicki Olson

Second Advisor

Ron Petrich


The study was conducted to learn what a strong school community was from the view point of the students. To complete the study, student surveys were conducted to find suitable candidates for the interview. Both student survey questions and interview questions were developed using Joyce Epstein's framework for a school community. The six types of involvement for school and family partnerships include; parenting, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, decision making, and collaborating with the community (Epstein, 1995). Student interviews were conducted to discover student perceptions of a strong school community. From the student perceptions, ideas for improvement and sustainability can be identified to help strengthen the school community for the long term.


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