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This research was recorded to discourage the placement of 7th and 8th graders into the Anaconda High School, because it was thought that the earlier transition to the high school environment causes poor and illegal decisions to be made as well causing a decrease in the responsibility of students. The research was conducted using the survey research method, and the surveys that were dispersed to the 7th grade through sophomore classes took all possible ethical concerns into consideration. The data collected showed significant increases in the consumption of both alcohol and marijuana after students had made the transition into high school, as well as decreases in student’s levels of responsibility if a substance was being abused.


Both students are participating in the Montana Tech Jump Start Program in conjunction with their High School in Anaconda, Montana.