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Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

This study examined the high school experiences, graduation rates and post-secondary attendance rates of students who received need-based scholarships to attend private elementary schools from the Children's Scholarship Fund Baltimore (CSFB). CSFB provides funds to students from low-income families in the Baltimore area to attend the private or parochial schools of their choice in kindergarten to eighth grade. One of the goals of CSFB is to increase high school graduation rates and improve postsecondary education success rates of low-income students living in and near the city. This study is significant as, to date, few studies have examined the long-term educational attainment outcomes of recipients of need-based scholarships in the elementary grades. The researchers conducted a cross-sectional survey of parents of former scholarship recipients three to eight years after they completed eighth grade, inquiring into their experiences with their elementary and high schools, the high school graduation status of their children, college attendance and/or work following high school, and the college preparation climate of their child's high school. The author suggests that, to encourage more school choice students to enter challenging colleges, scholarship organizations should help to connect those students with more college preparatory resources and work with a wide variety of local high schools to provide more low-cost, college preparatory resources to low-income students.

Descriptors: School Choice, Scholarships, Educational Experience, High Schools, Graduation Rate, College Attendance, Private Schools, Elementary Schools, Low Income Students, Urban Education, Educational Attainment, Outcomes of Education, Parent Surveys, College Preparation, Educational Environment, Social Capital, Enrollment

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Author: Schuh, Alex


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