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.

Richard Carranza

STUDENT VOICES: NYC’s schools chief Richard Carranza promised us he’ll keep pushing for racial integration

Richard Carranza says he’ll resist criticism and fight for more integrated schools, including changing the admissions process for specialized high schools: “People are making lots of money on the backs of our students, our immigrant students, our poor families.”

Marching in Mardi Gras, a New Orleans school that once struggled shows off

The alumni of a school demolished after Hurricane Katrina rallied to keep it alive after it was taken over by charter operators. A decade later, the school’s marching band is one sign of how far it’s come

A sign inside an AVID elective classroom tries to motivate students.

This program is helping fast-diversifying suburban schools promote success for all students

Georgia’s Fulton County is among a number of suburban districts turning to national nonprofit AVID to shrink achievement gaps and get kids of color ready for college

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist visits a first-grade class at Penn Elementary School.

Switching sides in the teacher wars

In Rhode Island, Deborah Gist was an education reformer pushing school accountability. Then she came to Oklahoma, where the biggest challenge is getting schools the basics.

Taos High students work together to untie a “human knot” during an icebreaker led by seniors during the school’s 2018 EQ Retreat.

Another tool to improve student mental health? Kids talking to kids

A New Mexico school addresses sexual assault, suicide and other hard topics with help from the people students are most likely to listen to: each other

Five years after Common Core, a mysterious spike in failure rate among NY high school students

Potential signs of long-lasting problems for low-achieving students

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(Left to right) Carol Cannon and her son, Johnathan, welcome teachers Cathy Jack and Pamela George for the first of two visits the pair will make to their Hemphill, West Virginia, home. The second visit will follow early in the new year.

Home visiting in high school: Trying an intervention for toddlers on teenagers

A struggling West Virginia district sends teachers to students’ homes to help them get to college

Sam Larson, 15, measures a section of his cardboard canoe during ANSEP’s summer Acceleration Academy at the University of Alaska in July 2018.

Alaska Native students pursue STEM, with great success

Pushing back against stereotypes, students in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program outperform students of all backgrounds in math and science

School founder Howard Fuller visits with students at the Milwaukee Collegiate Academy charter school.

Segregated schools are still the norm. Howard Fuller is fine with that

A longtime advocate for black-controlled schools in Milwaukee found an unlikely home among conservatives pushing school choice

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