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ALAS Dropout Prevention Program

3875-A Telegraph Rd. #155
Ventura, CA 93003
Contact Information


Program Specifications


Prevention, Intervention, Recovery/Reentry

Age/Grade Level:

Middle School, High School





Target Settings:

Urban, Suburban, Inner City

Target Groups:

Individuals, Clusters/Groups, Grade Level

Other Participation Criteria:



The ALAS Dropout Prevention Model and ALAS Resilience Builder have been rigorously tested. These programs have been shown to increase school grades and credits. Both programs have been proven effective with special education students, English language learners and students from low-income communities. The ALAS Dropout Prevention Model and ALAS Resilience Builder offer extensive coaching and professional development geared to build permanent capacity for preventing school dropout and increasing student achievement in low performing schools and with at-risk students. The program is shown to build capacity of schools and staff to close the achievement gap of at-risk learners. ALAS Resilience Builder provides FREE training to permanently build teaching capacity to improve learning and long term performance of at-risk students.

Program Descriptors Include:

Academic Improvement, Bullying/Violence, Computer Assisted Instruction, Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

Program Rating:

Moderate Evidence

Starting Year:


Students Served Per Year:


Last Verified:

January 5th, 2011

Strategies for Locating Students:


Reenrolled Students with Disabilities:


Risk Factors

Program addresses the following:

Individual Factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • Low achievement
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Protective Factors

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Involvement with positive peer activities


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Optimistic

Program Resources

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Federal, State, Local/City/County

Program Staff Includes:

Teachers, Counselors, School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting/Partner Organizations:

Evaluation Information

Description of Program Impact:
The middle school where the program was implemented served about 2,220 students in grades 7, 8, and 9. Approximately 96 percent of the students were Latino, 2 percent were Anglo, and 2% were African American. Seventy percent of the students participated in the federal school lunch program. Sixty-two percent of the students spoke Spanish as a first language. Only 65 percent accrued all possible high school credits during the 9th grade. In fact, 16 percent of the boys and 7 percent of the girls in the first cohort failed more than half their classes during the 9th grade. When controlling for such demographic factors as SES, student transience, race and parent education level, according to California Assessment Program data of student reading achievement, the target school ranked only in the 17th percentile of all California schools. Not taking these demographic factors into account, the target school student reading achievement scores ranked in the 4th percentile of all California schools.

How Evaluation Data Was Collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level
Outside experimental studies

Additional Evaluation Information: