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For generations American society and educational institutions have considered pregnant and parenting female students as throwaway students. They have been given little consideration or encouragement to stay in school. At times they were not even allowed to attend school. With 80% of teenage mothers never finishing high school, it is vital to look at the problems that keep these teen parents from attending school. Using insight gleaned from the experiences of California's Nueva Vista High School Ridgway Teen Parent Program, this paper describes the needs of pregnant and parenting students and the successful service components needed to support them in reaching their goal of high school completion. A series of developmental stages necessary for a program to achieve student success is outlined. A discussion of the role of community agencies including how they can be used to provide much needed support services is also developed. Four appendices present a survey of program needs and information on regional contact persons. (JBJ)

Descriptors: Early Parenthood, High School Students, High Schools, Pregnant Students, Program Descriptions, Program Guides, Special Needs Students, Student Rights, Unwed Mothers, Youth Problems

Autor: Richtsmeier, Cyndy


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