McNair/Gateway Scholars Program USC

Karina Cabral

Major and Classification

Mathematics

Faculty Mentors

  • Professor Linda S. Hagedorn

Department

  • Education

McNair Project

"Academic Performance of At Risk Latino Students: Assessing the Role of Family in the Academic Performance of First and Second Generation Latino/a Students at Manual Arts High School, Los Angeles"

Latino students are now the largest ethnic minority group in California's public schools, accounting for nearly 42% of the total population. While the number of Latino students in public schools is expected to increase in the foreseeable future, their academic performance is not. Latino students have a higher dropout rate and a lower rate of academic performance than other ethnic groups in California. This research project seeks to understand the importance of family in the academic performance of first and second-generation Latino students. To what extent do family members (parents and siblings) influence the academic success of Latino students? This research project addresses this question through a pilot study of a group of 80 students in a predominantly Latino/a high school in Los Angeles.