High School Reform

Experts often urge educators to catch struggling students “before it’s too late,” but high schools are charged with educating all students, regardless of their past. The Hechinger Report is spending two years exploring high schools successful with diverse groups or trying innovative approaches. See all our Special Reports

STUDENT VOICE: My life in high school in one word? Struggle

‘It’s the challenges that push you’

Julie and Matthew high-five during a home-school lesson.

These students are finishing high school, but their degrees don’t help them go to college

For students with disabilities, completing high school does not always lead to greater opportunity.

How a struggling school for Native Americans doubled its graduation rate

Infusing Native culture into the curriculum and drawing on local leadership makes all the difference

Kenyatta Burn works with her tutor at the Durham Literacy Center on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Durham, N.C.

Special education’s hidden racial gap

Across the country, black and Latino children with special needs are far less likely to graduate than their white peers

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Nsai Temko pictured in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Squirrel Hill.

STUDENT VOICE: How a public library saved me from the depressing isolation of cyber school

Finding the teen spaces that make the difference

Megan Gross

TEACHER VOICE: Larry had Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s — and he taught me the most important lesson of my life

Including developmentally disabled students in the classroom and beyond

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