Date Approved

4-15-2004

Embargo Period

4-27-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kern, Robert W.

Subject(s)

Educational change--New Jersey; High school freshmen--New Jersey

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

Currently, at Timber Creek Regional High School, there is no supportive program for entering students and a lack of communication with the sending school district, Gloucester Township. The purpose of this study was to develop a bridge program that would better the transition for students entering into high school using an action research design resulting in evidence to support the need for teacher and student training in eighth and ninth grades. Through teacher training sessions, the intern provided an atmosphere for sharing teaching methodologies and exchanged expectation levels. Achievement loss associated with the transition to high school from middle school will diminish as a result of the concentrated efforts to improve student readiness. The transition program will better students' performance and allow students to meet and exceed high school expectations.

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