Overview

Study of Schools receiving Archive Project Students
 

 

 

 

 

 
Progress is well documented increasing the 9th to 10th grade promotion rate at Pinkston and Sunset High Schools, the two main high schools attended by Quintanilla Students.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The first class to write a letter for the School Archive was the 2005 class at Quintanilla. They were not able to see the Archive itself as it was not installed till the summer of 2005, after they left for high school.
 

 

 

 

 

 
The 8th Grade Class of 2006 were the first class to write Archive letters and also have their photos taken in front of the Archive with their Language Arts Class. They are the 10th grade class of 2007-2008. They graduate in 2010.
 

 

 

 

 

 
The 8th Grade Class of 2007 were the first class to never have known Quintanilla without the Archive Project. They participated in answering a 15 question survey before and after writing their letters. It showed that just writing the letters improved the percentage of students planning graduation, and school beyond high school, by over 20%.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Pinkston Enrollment 1997- 1998 1998- 1999 1999- 2000 2000- 2001 2001- 2002 2002- 2003 2003- 2004 2004- 2005 Avg. 2001- 2005 2005- 2006 2006- 2007 2007- 2008 2008- 2009
 

 

 

 

 
9th 345 297 313 331 323 369 431 465 397 491 490 461 378
 

 

 

 

 
10th 228 194 178 174 177 165 230 274 212 284 303 324 283
 

 

 

 

 
Percent of 9th in next year's 10th
 
56.2% 59.9% 55.6% 53.5% 51.1% 62.3% 63.6% 57.6% 61.1% 61.7% 66.1% 61.4%
 

 

 

 

 
11th 133 191 171 181 147 142 131 172 148 210 223 222 238
 

 

 

 

 
Decrease 10th - 11th
 
16.2% 11.9% -1.7% 15.5% 19.8% 20.6% 25.2% 20.3% 23.4% 21.5% 26.7% 26.5%
 

 

 

 

 
12th 159 115 166 128 117 123 116 123 120 168 181 179 222
 

 

 

 

 
Total student enrollment 865 797 828 814 764 799 908 1034 876 1153 1197 1186 1121
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Sunset Enrollment 1997- 1998 1998- 1999 1999- 2000 2000- 2001 2001- 2002 2002- 2003 2003- 2004 2004- 2005 Avg. 2001- 2005 2005- 2006 2006- 2007 2007- 2008 2008- 2009
 

 

 

 

 
9th 758 737 705 714 855 894 818 813 845 824 794 732 694
 

 

 

 

 
10th 394 427 461 410 546 496 482 498 506 545 572 594 575
 

 

 

 

 
Percent of 9th in next year's 10th
 
56.3% 62.6% 58.2% 76.5% 58.0% 53.9% 60.9% 62.3% 67.0% 69.4% 74.8% 78.6%
 

 

 

 

 
11th 433 295 301 341 358 382 423 385 387 396 490 498 555
 

 

 

 

 
Decrease 10th - 11th
 
25.1% 29.5% 26.0% 12.7% 30.0% 14.7% 20.1% 19.4% 20.5% 10.1% 12.9% 6.6%
 

 

 

 

 
12th 391 347 277 241 275 308 330 373 322 346 372 454 475
 

 

 

 

 
Total student enrollment 1976 1806 1744 1706 2034 2080 2053 2069 2059 2111 2228 2278 2299
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The following spreadsheet combines the numbers from both those above:
 

 

 

 

 

 
Combined Enrollment 1997- 1998 1998- 1999 1999- 2000 2000- 2001 2001- 2002 2002- 2003 2003- 2004 2004- 2005 Avg. 2001- 2005 2005- 2006 2006- 2007 2007- 2008 2008- 2009
 
Avg. 2000- 2005 2005- 2006 2006- 2007 2007- 2008
9th 1103 1034 1018 1045 1178 1263 1249 1278 1242 1315 1284 1193 1072
 
1172 1315 1284 1193
10th 622 621 639 584 723 661 712 772 717 829 875 918 858
 
682 829 875 918
Percent of 9th in next year's 10th
 
56.3% 61.8% 57.4% 69.2% 56.1% 56.4% 61.8% 60.9% 64.9% 66.5% 71.5% 71.9%
 
60.4% 64.9% 66.5% 71.5%
11th 566 486 472 522 505 524 554 557 535 606 713 720 793
 
522 606 713 720
Decrease 10th - 11th
 
41.4% 24.0% 18.3% 13.5% 27.5% 16.2% 21.8% 19.8% 21.5% 14.0% 17.7% 13.6%
 
20.2% 21.5% 14.0% 17.7%
12th 550 462 443 369 392 431 446 496 441 514 553 633 697
 
430 514 553 633
Total student enrollment 2841 2603 2572 2520 2798 2879 2961 3103 2935 3264 3425 3464 3420
 
2806 3264 3425 3464
Conclusions from above enrollment patterns:
 

 

 

 

 

 
1) The percent of the 9th grade who enrolled in the 10th grade grew each year during the past three years at both schools, especially when compared with that average for the previous 6 years. By the third year it had increased over 8 percentage points at Pinkston, from the 6 year average of 57.7% to 66.1%, and over 13 points at Sunset, from the 6-year average of 61.7% to 74.8% in 2008. 2001- 2005 2005- 2006 2006- 2007 2007- 2008 2008- 2009
 
2) The 9th grade enrollment has consistently gone down due to a lowering retention rate. Fewer students are repeating the 9th grade. Students are entering the 9th grade better motivated and better prepared for 9th grade work. 60.9% 64.9% 66.5% 71.5% 71.9%
 
3) 10th grade numbers are going up constantly due to a combination of the factors in #1 above as well as better motivated students in general. It is in the 10th grade enrollment number increases we will see the truth in the fact that fewer students are leaving. To continue these increases it is recommended that there be writing projects in high school that draw on the Archive Project experience to remind students of the planned reunion, now less than 8 years away.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
A study selecting out for Quintanilla students at these two schools would clarify the amount Quintanilla students, and the Archive Project, may have contributed to these enrollment changes over the past 4 years.
 

 

 

 

 

 
www.studentmotivation.org
 

 

 

 

 

 
Compiled 5-12-08 By Bill Betzen, Quintanilla Middle School, Computer Applications Teacher, Dallas, Texas
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Remember that the 9th to 10th grade transition is when the largest percentage of dropouts leave school. If we can lessen the percentage of students who leave during this critical transition then we are well on our way to lowering the entire dropout rate.