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Project Transition/Bryan Station High School

201 Eastin Road
Lexington, KY 40505

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Contact Information:
Mr. Lonnie L. Leland
Project Transition Program Coordinator

Program Specification:






Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School




Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

behind grade level, lack of parental education, middle school problems, students dropping our of high school, poor attendance, high suspension rates, students in crisis


Project Transition has been a vital component of the educational program at Bryan Station High School since January 1992. Developed through a two year KDE grant to assist dropout prone at-risk students entering high school, Project Transition has provided a systemic and comprehensive process to assist student success in school. The Project Transition staff composed of an educator and a social worker working directly as a team in a dropout prevention program was one of the first such programs in the nation in January 1992. The program is focused on critical transition points. Project Transition targes areas o academics, attendance, student conduct, and parental contact as it's primary areas to produce successful students. The program has teamed up with it's community partner, Central Bank, providing students with needed supplies and educational field experiences. The community partner also host a year in graduation awards luncheon bringing is special guest speakers as in he 2009 we had as our special guest speaker, Kentuckys first lady, Jane Beshear. Our program statement moto is "They first want to know how much you care before they care how much you know". What a great experience it has been since we started we have witnessed over 300 students who were placed in our program "proudly walk down that aisle and receive their high school diploma!"

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Attendance/Truancy, Behavior Management/Discipline, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Family/Parental Involvement, Study Skills, Life Skills Training, Transition Program

Starting Date: 1992
Students Served Per Year: 50-250
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Parenthood
  • High-risk peer group
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • High family mobility
  • Low education level of parents
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Sibling(s) has dropped out

School factors

  • School size: too small/too large
  • Race/ethnicity

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status
  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Problem-solving skills


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic


  • Personalized instruction and learning
  • Academic support
  • Instruction on behavior and social skills
  • Supportive school climate
  • Encourage family involvement/community supports
  • Teach self-determination and self-advocacy skills including student/person-centered planning
  • Eliminate practices that push students out of school
  • Help students to address problems that interfere with learning

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

School Districts

Social Workers
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Central Bank - Lexington KY

Evaluation Information:

Project Transition was started in January of 1992 with funding from a state grant for dropout prevention. It has grown over the years to becoming a systemic approach to keeping students in school. The program was started by Lonnie Leland and is also staffed by a social worker. Mr Leland is still program coordinator now with over 18 years of experience in the field of dropout prevention. Mr Leland was a recipient of the 2000 NDPC's "Crystal Star of Excellence Award". The program, due to it's success in keeping students in school, has been replicated in all of Fayette County's high schools.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities
209 Martin Street
Clemson, SC 29631-1555
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