Transitions – Programs to Encourage British Columbia Students to Stay in School


In an exploration of what can be done to increase the number of British Columbia students who complete their secondary school education, this paper examines “Stay-in-School” programs operating in British Columbia secondary schools. Twenty-four programs in six British Columbia schools are compared and found to have certain common program components. By linking these common program components to theoretical perspectives on why students drop out of school, a list of features associated with promising interventions is developed. Rigorous evaluation of programs that contain these features may provide more conclusive evidence of what works in this area.