Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Morgridge College of Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Erin Anderson

Second Advisor

Kristopher Kuzera

Third Advisor

Ellen Miller-Brown


Community resources, Community social capital, Education and GIS, School surrounding, Social capital, Spatial equity


School performance rating is an important factor which not only provides a quick snapshot of how the students are performing on various measurement indicators but also decides a school’s future course of actions, strategies, resources, and its existence. Despite its significant importance, the school performance framework does not consider where the schools are geographically located and the surrounding factors within which they operate. The researcher of this study presented a landscape of the surrounding factors and its impact on the elementary schools within Denver Public Schools district. In this study, the surrounding factors are geospatially analyzed to determine the extent of spatial variation in the availability and accessibility of community social capital resources to the elementary schools. Using geospatial research methods, the researcher created three service area models for each elementary school to access community social capital resources that are available within its surrounding environment. Spatial concepts, tools, and inferential statistics were used to analyze spatial pattern and the relationship between the forms of community social capital resources and the elementary schools. As a result of this relationship analysis, a new term was conceptualized: School Facet through Surrounding Factors [SF]2.

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Rights Holder

Sajjid Budhwani


Received from ProQuest

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File Size

307 p.


Educational leadership, Educational administration, Education policy