Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Marie McNeff

Second Advisor

V.P. Allery


This study examined data to determine the long-term effectiveness of interventions at the Mounds View Area Learning Center (MVALC), an alternative school for at risk students in Shoreview, Minnesota. Interventions, structural, curricular, and personnel modifications to traditional educational approaches, are designed to retain and graduate at risk students. Two questions were posed: l) Have at risk students been able to make a successful transition frorn high school to post-high; and 2) Were the interventions used in helping them succeed in high school helpful after high school? Questionnaires were administered to subjects who graduated between September 1990 and June 1993, having completed one or more credits at the MVALC, Analysis of data indicated forty-four percent of respondents were employed with no post-secondary schooling. Fifty-six percent had attended or were attending post-secondary school. Additionally, structural, curriculum, and personnel interventions were determined most helpful to subjects during high school, while curriculum and personnel interventions were determined most helpful after high school.


SC 11.MAE.1995.Dixon.BA