Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

First Advisor

Linda Tamura


At-risk students are prevalent in every classroom today. Unfortunately, these students are often forgotten in the classroom setting. This paper discusses the current literature pertaining to at-risk students common characteristics and the teaching strategies proven to help at-risk students succeed.

The study was conducted in a small, rural school of approximately 350 students. The research questions were concerned with determining any teaching strategies used for at-risk students and the Interactions of at-risk students within the classroom environment. The research indicated the most common characteristics of at-risk students were non-traditional family backgrounds and negative childhood experiences. These factors influence the students perceptions about themselves, teachers, and school. This study concludes with the educational implications concerning at-risk students.