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

Twenty-one and in high school

A Bronx school bets on relationships to give high school dropouts a second chance

Personalized learning: How kids are getting into college by mastering their skills

A New Hampshire principal explains why competency education works

More Latino students are earning high school diplomas as they wrestle the stubborn equity gap. Next stop, college

Three ways to ensure Hispanic educational aspirations don’t stop when secondary school ends

More students are graduating but that’s not the whole story

Obama administration touts rising graduation rates, but gaps remain

Can all students succeed at science and technology high schools?

No longer only for the elite, a new generation of science high schools could help low-income and minority students get better jobs

Can $10 million build the ideal high school?

A private group pours money into an effort to build the high schools “of the future”


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Throw the cookie cutters away: Remaking high schools for the 21st Century

High School design team members check out ideas written on post-it notes during a brainstorming session. Photo: Courtesy of Will Eden Editor’s note: For more than…

What does it take to get students ready for college?

Collaboration with high schools helps, but transition courses need more work, study shows

Presentations and portfolios take the place of tests for some students

High schools may use an alternate graduation path for students who stumble on the ‘normal’ route