Date of Award


Call Number

LB1062.6 .L42 2010

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Leadership Studies


Leadership, Student success, Leadership and Organizational Studies


This study focuses on the impact of positive adult connections on high school students’ success. The data is from of one southern Maine high school with a population of 1,050 students. The data includes overall school-wide results of student connectedness, as well as in-depth results from nine student interviews. The researcher’s intent was to demonstrate the need for continued mentoring efforts for high school students. It does appear from this study that adult mentoring programs have a positive effect on student success. The study also indicates that further research regarding the impact of student mentoring programs in high schools is warranted and could be used to help refine or strengthen such programs. The Windham High School administration team is interested in bettering the current advisory program. The data from this study will help inform such improvements. Dedication