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 Jeremy Pichardo works with freshman Angela Cutone in the Culinary Arts department.

A vocational school curriculum that includes genocide studies and British literature

In New England, a high school finds success combining college-ready classes with career training

Using vocational education to teach academic courses

Debating whether kids need hands-on training or academic rigor misses the point; two schools embrace the idea that to thrive, students need both

Students inside Michael Gallin’s math class talk about their fear of math openly and try to manage it while doing in-class worksheets and homework.

Teaching kids not to be scared of math might help them achieve

Before kids learn math skills, they need to learn how to relax

OPINION: We must stop the criminalization of mental illness in schools

‘Our society is failing to effectively address the tremendous need for mental health supports for our children, my son included’

Washington, D.C. — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and students at a March 14 rally in front of the Capitol during a national walkout by students.

OPINION: Proud of your students for walking out? Here’s what to do when they walk back in

A teacher-educator's call for improving citizenship education

Fort Lauderdale, FL — In the wake of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, protesters attend a Feb. 17, 2018 rally at the Federal Courthouse here to demand government action on firearms.

STUDENT VOICE: ‘The children of America aren’t going to wait any longer for the country’s adults to lead’

A New Jersey high school student explains why he and his classmates are acting against gun violence

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Eunice Millán prepares to measure the force of friction in a physics lab at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, New Jersey, which requires all students to take physics to graduate.

One reason students aren’t prepared for STEM careers? No physics in high school

A shortage of physics teachers limits physics-taking, which limits the number of physics teachers

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