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.

Alana Johnson, 18, uses a workbench vise during a construction class at Abraxas Continuation High School, in Poway, California. Johnson enrolled in an all- girls construction class at the school last year and has since completed three advanced mixed-gender construction courses.

Girls-only trade classes are spreading — and upending stereotypes

All-girls shop classes aim to empower girls, but risk running into the crosshairs of Title IX

CAST Tech is designed to feel like a cutting-edge corporate headquarters, the kind of environment in which students hope to eventually work.

Supply and demand: Getting low-income kids into better jobs by getting them into better schools

San Antonio is hoping career-themed schools can alleviate a worker shortage and lift graduates into well-paying jobs

Dan D. Rogers Elementary fourth-grade teacher Sudhir Vasal created math lesson pathways so each child can progress at their own pace.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

Personalized learning has broad appeal, but may be more revolutionary than we think

Inside New York City’s segregated high school system

How policies and procedures prevent integration in one of the nation’s most diverse cities

“Since my parents didn’t get much education, it’s hard to talk to them about my schoolwork and applying to college, or how to plan my time and get everything done,” says Mariano Almanza, 18, pictured speaking with his Coronado High School guidance counselor, Colleen McElvogue.

School counselors keep kids on track. Why are they first to be cut?

How Colorado is betting on counseling to vault low-income kids into good jobs and post-secondary education

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At The LINC High School, students Jose Vasquez, Sevonne Brockington and Anjeline Genao review a video project in the school's digital lab.

Project-based learning and standardized tests don’t mix

Can the long-struggling Philadelphia school system change how we measure success by focusing on meaningful work instead of test scores?

New housing is popping up near Vaux high school, one piece of a $500 million redevelopment project in blighted North Philadelphia.

Can a school save a neighborhood?

Philadelphia’s housing authority bought a high school. It hopes the institution can help reverse the fortunes of one of the city’s poorest areas.

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