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

Charles Cooper, an 11th-grade student at W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences in Philadelphia.

STUDENT VOICES: Teachers put you in situations to make you stronger

Charles Cooper was an 11th-grader at W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences in Philadelphia

Shamus Hayes, a ninth-grader at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol, Vt.

STUDENT VOICES: I don’t think you need an A+ in calculus to work a normal job

Shamus Hayes is a ninth-grader at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol, Vt.

Melvin Claudio, a 12th grader at Phoenix Academy Lawrence in Lawrence, Mass.

STUDENT VOICES: I never knew I’d get this far

Melvin Claudio was a 12th grader at Phoenix Academy Lawrence in Lawrence, Mass.

Carla Savinon, now a sophomore, works on a painting in her visual arts class last spring at Boston’s Margarita Muñiz Academy, where arts are a core component of the curriculum.

With no silver bullet, innovation abounds at this bilingual high school

The school also features expeditionary learning, mastery-based grading, technology, the arts and community-building

Emilia Olson, an 11th-grade student at Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston, S.C.

STUDENT VOICES: Pay teachers more

Emilia Olson was an 11th-grader at Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston, S.C.

Chris Mayes, an 11th-grader at Community High School in Swannanoa, N.C.

STUDENT VOICES: I don’t want to die in the same town I grew up in

Chris Mayes is an 11th-grader at Community High School in Swannanoa, N.C.

Lilianna Salcedo, a 10th-grader at USC Hybrid High School in Los Angeles.

STUDENT VOICES: When you’re a teenager you feel like an outsider already

Lilianna Salcedo was in the 10th grade at USC Hybrid High School in Los Angeles

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STUDENT VOICES: The education system encourages students to be dead inside

Caleb Carman was an 11th--grader at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in New York

Students participate in morning workshops in advance of national May 1 “Day Without Immigrants” rallies, learning also about the labor rights history of May Day rallies worldwide.

A Spanish-English high school proves learning in two languages can boost graduation rates

Educators believe teaching in two languages can be key to student success

Jadaci Henderson, a 12th-grader at Dumas New Tech High School in Dumas, Ark.

STUDENT VOICES: “Challenging” views are considered insubordination

Jadaci Henderson was a 12th-grader at Dumas New Tech High School in Dumas, Ark.

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