Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Executive Leadership

First Supervisor

Sandye P. Johnson

Second Supervisor

LaTasha Hamlett-Carver


The purpose of this research was to examine the impact of an educational pipeline on two subsets of students. The first subset entered the school pipeline in the sixth grade and was continuously enrolled through the 12th grade. The second subset of students entered the school’s pipeline in the ninth grade and was continuously enrolled through the 12th grade. This study measured and compared the resiliency, academic achievement, and attendance of a total of 68 students who attended a public secondary school in a large urban city in the Northeast Region of the United States. An educational pipeline provides the necessary structures whereby a student can get the support he or she needs because the student traveled within the confines of one system as opposed to attending separate middle and high schools. The pipeline can provide the necessary resources that help cultivate student success and a supportive school environment. The results of this quantitative study showed no significant difference between students who entered the pipeline in the sixth grade and those who entered in the ninth grade across all three variables: resiliency, academic achievement, and attendance.