Title

School and Community: A Study of Secondary Suburban School and Community Relationships

Date of Degree

8-2006

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program

Education

Advisor

Dorothy H. Ettling

Advisor

Jessica C. Kimmel

Advisor

Annette E. Craven

Advisor

Michael Risku

Abstract

This case study is an investigation of the social relationships existing between a suburban high school and the immediate community in which it is located. Current building trends within communities throughout the southwest U.S. tend to contribute to the need to build large structures to house growing student populations. The newly developed suburban community offers a family not only with a new home, but a new school as well. The school is built with the newest technology for each classroom and the proper size to hold two thousand plus student populations. Large populations are the byproduct of developmental trends, i.e., builders providing concentrated housing stock in specific locales of metropolitan areas. The community of choice seems to be reflective of economic opportunities, geographic amenities, and infrastructural support. A parent deciding to move into a newly developed neighborhood may do so not only because of an increase in socioeconomic opportunities, but also because of the prospects of a new school.

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