Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Johnson, Theodore


Holy Name Parish School (Camden, N.J.); School administrators--Training of; School discipline


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of the study was to review the current discipline code in the school and to revise it if necessary. The study was carried out at Holy Name Parish School in Camden, New Jersey. The predominantly Hispanic school had a student population of 96 in the sample group, grades five through eight. A committee comprising the intern, one faculty member, five students, and four family representatives reviewed the current code and examined codes of other schools.

The intern examined school records for statistics on student disciplinary problems and found that no formal records existed in this area. For her data, the intern relied on informal recall and teacher input as well as some minimal correspondence from the student files.

The result of the study was the development and pilot implementation of a new Code of Student Behavior which focused on nine basic expectations stated in positive terms; definitions of the expectations; and incremental consequences for not achieving expectations. The Code will be implemented throughout the school in the fall of 1999 with plans for ongoing assessment and revisions.