Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald


Middle school students; Motivation in education; Slow learning children; Underachievers


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of this study was to observe and assess the effectiveness of the Klark's Kids program for at-risk students in Grades 7 and 8 in the Pittsgrove Township Middle School Annex by using an action research design.

The subject sample included thirty-three identifiable at-risk students in September 1998. Of this group, only five or six students attended due to the voluntary nature of the program. Forty-two new students were identified in the month of October. Of the eighteen who attended, only twelve to fifteen students came on a regular basis. Evaluation procedures included grades, standardized test scores, grade point averages, and attendance. Previous records regarding achievement, attendance, and discipline served as a baseline for comparisons. Descriptive data in terms of numbers and percentages were compiled and analyzed. Problem areas were identified and recommendations were made.

Findings demonstrated that the greatest key was mandating parent involvement and compulsory student attendance.