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Rethinking High School: An Introduction to New York City's Experience

By Tracy Huebner


As the largest district in the nation, New York City schools have a special set of challenges. Only about half of New York City’s public school students complete high school in four years, one third of all ninth graders are not promoted to the tenth grade, and less than 40% of students in the district’s large, low-performing schools graduate.

Seeking to break this cycle of failure, the New York City Department of Education began the New Schools Initiative, a program that has so far created 109 small high schools supporting 18,517 students. In addition to reviewing the small school movement in New York City, this report profiles one such school in the Bronx.

For more information on the Foundation’s work in small schools, see Rethinking High School: Five Profiles of Innovative Models for Student Success.

Other reports in the Rethinking High School series include:

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Product #: GF-05-02
Copyright: 2005
Format: PDF
Pages: 13
Publisher: WestEd