Strategies For At Risk Students

ED 401 By: Jason Rollins


What are some effective strategies for insuring success for at risk students at the elementary level?

What Does At-Risk Mean?

At risk students are generally defined as a student who is likely to fail at school.

Characteristics Of At Risk Students

A child is considered at risk if they meet one or all of the following criteria: poverty, race, gender, presence of a learning disability, or an attentional disorder, mental health problems, inadequate levels of prerequisite skills based upon school entry, exposure to stressful events, living in a single-parent family, alliance with non-academically oriented peers, and repeatedly moving.

Strong Pre-K Programs

-Stimulates the learning process and prompts the child into asking questions.

-Can place student ahead of students that have never been in a classroom.

-Can show kids that school can be fun while learning.


-One on one, group learning, bilingual programs, as well as programs that teach about drugs and violence.

-After school programs.

-Title One Schools (hires extra staff, purchase supplies and fund remediation programs).

What We Can Do As Teachers?

-Have a strong teacher/student relationship

-Create goals that are manageable for students.

-Have community involvement. Create mentor roles with volunteers.

Does One Specific Intervention Work For Everyone?

-There is no one size fits all program or a certain thing that works for every student, every time.


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Any Questions?