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

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.

Henry Thach, a 10th-grade student at Highline High School in Seattle.

STUDENT VOICES: If I weren’t here I’d probably be dead

Henry Thach is in the 10th grade at Highline High School in Seattle

STUDENT VOICES: Kids bring into school what they’re dealing with at home. Teachers don’t get that

Ifetayo Kitwala was an 11th grader at Baltimore School for the Arts in Baltimore

Ron Brown students filter into the room where the school holds daily school wide circles for students to talk.

A new attempt to answer an old question: Does single-sex education work?

A high school for boys of color in D.C. revives Afrocentric and single-sex schooling to close the achievement gap

OPINION: Seven traits of Massachusetts’ most effective classrooms

The bottom line on student engagement


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Don’t ever conflate disaster recovery with education reform

Katrina (and now maybe Harvey and Irma) attracted educational opportunists who looked past children and families

An urban charter school achieves a fivefold increase in the percentage of its black and Latino graduates who major in STEM

Diversifying the science and tech pipeline by increasing rigor and convincing colleges to share their secrets with high school students

What happens when a regular high school decides no student is a lost cause?

Trauma-informed education is spreading from alternative high schools to comprehensive ones, and it’s not always an easy fit