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M.A. in Educational Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Capasso, Ronald


Monongahela Middle School (Deptford, N.J.); Mentoring in education; Middle school students


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


A mentorship program for ten students was established at Monongahela Middle School. The purpose of this program was for ten at risk students to pass all their subjects through the motivation of a mentorship program. The sample population consisted of those students that failed three or more subjects in the seventh grade. As a result they were either socially promoted, sent to summer school, or retained. The mentors consisted of seven classroom teachers, two guidance counselors, and one librarian. Mentors were encouraged to meet with their students twice a week for approximately ten minutes and make some form of contact the other three days. Mentors kept weekly journals to record occurrences. Students were given pre- and post- attitudinal surveys. Students' teachers were given pre- and post- surveys concerning classroom performance. Grades, attendance, and disciplinary referrals were compared for each student.

A final analysis after five months of treatment showed no significant difference in student attitude, classroom performance, or disciplinary referrals. Student attendance improved for eight of the ten students. These same eight students' grade point averages increased during this time period as compared to last year's final grades.