New Small High Schools and Small Learning Communities
Across the country
practitioners are reinventing the high school experience by creating
new small high schools and by transforming, or converting, large
high schools into smaller learning communities.
Some of the
best examples of these new high schools and converted high schools
are profiled here.
Small High Schools
the Case for Conversions in 2005: It's Getting Harder",
the story of the learning journey at North Eugene High School, by
Francis Drake High School, San Anselmo, CA
See Drake academics,
X projects, SeaDisc
for New Small Schools and Small Learning Communities
New Small Schools
and Small Learning Communities, to be successful, often require
autonomies in budget, staffing, work day/work year, governance,
etc. These are sometimes accomplished through special agreements,
pilot school status (in-district
charter), dependent charter, or independent charter status.
See the Autonomies
Checklist for New Small Schools and Small Learning Communities.
Guide for High Schools
the Future: A Planning Guide for High Schools offers a step-by-step
planning process for new and restructuring high schools. Created
by and for teachers, administrators, and community partner. Written
Rob Riordan, Barbara Roche, Hilary Goldhammer, and David Stephen,
Practitioner's Guide presents case studies of innovative schools
and offers hands-on materials for integrated, project-based learning
in the school, workplace, and community. The materials and cases
written, edited, adapted, and reviewed by staff of the New Urban
Project, working with NUHS site personnel and other practitioners.
by Bob Pearlman
and Making, the New American High School", Technos Quarterly,
the High School Experience",
Educational Leadership, April 2002
Charters? Creating Boston's Pilot Schools", chapter in
the book "Creating New Schools: How Small Schools Are Changing
American Education", Teachers College Press, Fall 1999
on Designing New Small Schools and Small Learning Communities
Here are the
resources that Elliot
Washor and Bob Pearlman shared with the participants at the Building
Learning Communities 2003 Conference, one of the premier international
conferences on school innovation.