Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr.Carol A. Burg, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Tamara K. Cornwell, Ed.D

Third Advisor

Susan Moxley, Ed.D


In our modern global society, many families face the dilemma of balancing work and raising children. Before and after school programs have been established in many Title I elementary schools in an effort to address the problems facing our communities and educational system today, especially as related to minority students. These afterschool programs provide a safe and positive environment for students who may be struggling academically, emotionally, and mentally. This study evaluated one afterschool program in a Title I school, investigating stakeholder perceptions regarding the program’s contribution to student’s academic gains and other areas of need for holistic student success. The study found that a major area for program improvement included a social emotional learning curriculum that addresses comprehensive student needs and fosters whole student development and success.