Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Thao Paoze


Latino students have become the majority of the minority population in schools in the United States. Therefore, it is important for schools to look for effective ways to ensure that Latino students acquire the academic skills necessary for college preparation. There are various excellent institutions serving Latino students. Many of these students are placed as high risk by school institutions that are unable to expand their personal, cultural and linguistic strengths that they bring to school. As a result, they become discouraged in school leading them to drop out of school, rather than pursuing higher education. Studies indicate that Latino students are three times likely to drop out of school than African American and White students (Granada and Contreras, 2010, p.18). As Latino students proceed through the American schooling system, their lack of resources and relationship with teachers continue to undermine their success in education. Latino students continue to face challenges and as a result, they are the ones with the lowest rate in high school and college completion affecting their chances for a stable employment.

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