ERIC Number: ED340796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Schools: Three Case Studies of Excellence.
Gilchrist, Robert S.
This document presents case studies of three excellent schools (one each at the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels), and describes the methods by which these schools achieved recognition in order to offer suggestions for community members working to improve their own schools. The book is organized into six chapters. The first chapter gives an overview of the development of public education and highlights critical issues that contribute to quality schools today. The second chapter profiles Garden Hills Elementary School in Atlanta (Georgia), which is a multi-racial urban school. The profile notes the school's atmosphere, philosophy and mission, faculty support and development, and interaction with the local and national communities. The third chapter profiles Twin Peaks Middle School in Poway (California) and highlights the school's administrative format, evaluation procedures, parent involvement, and approach to discipline. The fourth chapter describes McCluer North High School, an urban high school in Florissant (Missouri), and highlights the school's principal, organization, evaluation systems, student involvement, and curricular offerings. The fifth chapter addresses the importance of volunteers to each of the three schools. The sixth chapter, "Seven Common Characteristics of Good Schools and How To Attain Them" (D. Sharpe), outlines the following seven common characteristics of good schools: (1) positive climate; (2) clear organizational personality; (3) parent and citizen involvement; (4) constant communication; (5) contribution to the local community; (6) role modeling by staff; and (7) emphasis on assessment. (JB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Quality, Effective Schools Research, Elementary Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, High Schools, Institutional Characteristics, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, School Community Relationship, Urban Schools
National Educational Service, 1821 West 3rd Street, Suite 201, P.O. Box 8, Bloomington, IN 47402.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Community
Authoring Institution: National Educational Service, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers - Location: California; Missouri