Peer Mentoring As An Intervention For Ninth Grader Transition To High School

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Educational Leadership


This study will gather data on the “Kick-Off” peer mentoring program used in two Maine schools and determine if the programs have improved school culture, attendance and decreased number of failures in the freshman class they seek to aid. This is a mixed methods study where qualitative data was acquired from administrator interviews regarding school culture and the quantitative portion uses survey data from staff regarding attendance and course failures. While the program solves many issues that hinder ninth graders, the program has little observable impact on attendance and grades. The greatest result is improving culture and student connections to the school.


Affiliation: Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School