Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 5-4-2022



In an era of educational reform, schools face the significant challenge of increasing academic achievement. Learning Communities have emerged as a method of school reform with some research suggesting their link to increasing academic achievement and personalizing learning environments. Using individual and focus group interviews, this qualitative case study examines the use of Learning Communities as a reform initiative at a high school in New Mexico to facilitate a stronger sense of belonging among students and to provide individualized guidance, tracking, and support. Findings on the influence of Learning Communities are presented: addition of Advisory/Advisor which provides academic assistance, fosters a sense of belonging, and a personalized learning environment. Recommendations to improve Learning Communities locally and nationally are included.


learning communities, high school reform, academic achievement, sense of belonging

Document Type




Degree Name

Educational Leadership

Level of Degree


Department Name

Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy

First Committee Member (Chair)

Alicia F. Chávez

Second Committee Member

Shawn L. Secatero

Third Committee Member

Thomas Chavez

Fourth Committee Member

Victoria Waugh Reed