ERIC Number: ED360458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Accelerated Middle School: Moving from Concept toward Reality.
Hopfenberg, Wendy S.
The experiences of the first middle school to pilot the ideas and concepts of the Accelerated Schools Project are described. The school is an inner-city public school with a population of at-risk students presently scoring below district and state achievement averages. The 689 students are 53 percent Hispanic, 23 percent Portuguese, 17 percent White, 3 percent Asian, 2 percent Filipino, and 2 percent African American. The Accelerated Schools Project is working to develop schools in which all children will succeed by closing the achievement gap early in schooling and accelerating learning by making it occur more efficiently. The middle school level adds some dimensions to the elementary school applications of the accelerated schools philosophy, in terms of student involvement and curricular, instructional, and organizational changes. The principles of the Accelerated Schools movement are articulated, and how they are applied in the school setting is reviewed. The experiences of the pilot middle school in the San Francisco Bay Area (California) are detailed as they begin to set priorities and create governance structures. The ongoing documentation processes of the pilot school are described. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Children, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, High Risk Students, Hispanic Americans, Inner City, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Minority Group Children, Pilot Projects, Public Schools, School Based Management, School Restructuring, Teacher Expectations of Students, Urban Youth
Center for Education Research at Stanford, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-3084.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California