Model Program

ALAS Dropout Prevention Program

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

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Contact Information:


Program Specification:






Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School

Inner City

Grade Level


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


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

Strategies for Locating Students:

Starting Date: 1990
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2011

Risk Factors:

Protective 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

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.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies

School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:



Evaluation Information:

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