Evaluation of Bridgescape Academy

Funding was received from Durham Public Schools to evaluate the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy, a new alternative high school program, on the academic engagement and performance of approximately 100 Durham area students who previously dropped out of high school and have enrolled in this new program. The focus of the evaluation was to understand students’ and teachers’ perceptions of the program’s ability to engage students and assist them in completing necessary coursework to graduate and to assess outcomes of the program including attendance, academic performance, and course completion. The evaluation consisted of qualitative methods including focus groups with students and interviews with teachers and program staff as well as quantitative methods including administration of a survey or questionnaires and compilation of archival data obtained from report cards and program records.