Dissertation

An evaluation study of Ravenwood's youth transitioning to and through high school

This study focuses on Youth of Color in the Bay Area neighborhoods of East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park who attended the Ravenswood City School District (RCSD), as they transition to and through Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD). This is a three-part culminating project depicting the unique position of Ravenswood youth who lack the financial and social capital that their White and Asian peers enjoy. Part one explores my transformation as an RCSD educator, intertwined with historical background and policy implications for RCSD youth. Part two focuses on the experiences of former RCSD students who currently attend SUHSD schools, as they transition from middle school to high school. Finally, part three is a compilation of recommendations based on part one and two, with a specific call to action for educators, service-providers, and funders looking to close the achievement and opportunity gap between White and Asian students compared to Youth of Color.

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