8:22 am May 11, 2009, by Laura Diamond
Atlanta school leaders are spending more than $65 million to transform all its high schools. The system is breaking the large high schools into smaller all-encompassing programs with different academic themes.
The district says graduation rates will improve if students receive personal and challenging experiences that are offered by smaller high schools.
Atlanta is succeeding with Carver, but it will take a few more years to see how it is played out elsewhere in the district.
School leaders in Georgia and across the nation have struggled with how to improve high schools. Many agree changes are needed to decrease dropout rates and increase test scores.
They’re changing the size of these schools. They’re changing the curriculum. They’re changing the teaching methods and styles.
Will this work? What should be done to improve our high schools?
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