Date of Award

Spring 5-20-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Barbara Hill, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Daniel Teodroescu, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Jacquita Henderson, Ed.D.


The purpose of this mixed methodological study was to discover the possible causes of persistence for African-American high school girls attending a 4-year program in Mississippi. Currently there is a precise focus on African-American high school girls and the detrimental outcomes that follow as a consequence of behavioral referrals within schools. Unfortunately, the narrative of African-American high schools girls centers on discipline as a leading concern in their academic performances. This study sought to determine whether student perception of completing a 4-year high school program plays a significant role for African-American girls. Support systems of teachers towards high school African-American girls were assessed in consideration for the educational professionals and their influence to the academic advancement of students. Lastly, the social influences of social media were investigated as a contemporary factor for African- American girls considering completing a 4-year program. The consideration of organizational structures that are not conducive to the advancement of high school graduation is the primary discussion for educational leaders to evaluate.