ERIC Number: ED396017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Will a Focus School Meet the Needs of Your Child? For Parents/about Parents.
Most large schools have many types of programs serving many types of students, but smaller schools, serving fewer students, may be able to have a more defined "personality," or focus. Focus schools are becoming more popular because their students tend to be high achievers and because many districts are allowing families to choose the schools they want their children to attend. This guide helps parents understand the different types of schools and discusses the benefits and drawbacks of each. Magnet schools, or theme schools, have a single curriculum focus, even though they teach the basics in all subjects. The special emphasis of a magnet school may appeal to particular students, but it is important to be sure that the theme affects all areas of schooling. Schools with an instructional focus are distinguished by an instructional method that guides all aspects of the school's operation. The method usually emphasizes developing students' critical thinking skills. The focus of some schools is how they approach all aspects of education. Their particular orientation, or philosophy, governs and unifies school activities. Before enrolling a child in a focus school with a philosophy, parents should consider whether their children will be committed to the philosophy and do well in a program based on it. Parents should also be committed to the philosophy and be willing to do the work that the school asks. (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.
Note: Based on "Selecting the Focus of a Focus School," a digest published by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education. For related documents, see UD 030 946-958.