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Title:  High School Puente Program
Description: The High School Puente Program has three components: writing, counseling, and mentoring. Students in the ninth and tenth grades receive rigorous writing practice through college preparatory English classes. The curriculum includes Mexican-American/Latino and other multicultural literature. The counseling component of the High School Puente Program guides students in identifying career goals, developing short- and long-term education plans, and applying to four-year colleges. The mentoring component provides student leadership opportunities and structured mentoring activities with volunteers from the local community.

The WWC identified 27 studies of the High School Puente Program for adolescent learners that were published or released between 1989 and 2011, none of which meet WWC evidence standards. Therefore, the WWC is unable to draw any conclusions based on research about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the High School Puente Program on the literacy outcomes of adolescent learners. Additional research is needed to determine the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the program for adolescent literacy.
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Cover Date: April 2012
Web Release: April 17, 2012
Publication #: WWC IRLHS12
Center/Program: WWC
Associated Centers: NCEE
Type of Product: Intervention Report
Questions: For questions about the content of this Intervention Report, please contact:
Erin Pollard.