ERIC Number: ED430767
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
New York City's Small Public Schools: Opportunities for Achievement.
Brownell, Carol, Ed.; Libby, Joan
In 1994, four New York City school reform organizations joined to form the New York Networks for School Renewal (NYNSR) and received the first Annenberg Challenge urban grant. NYNSR goals are to expand the number of small, excellent public schools in New York City neighborhoods, particularly those with few educational options; encourage the spread of practices that help students succeed; build supportive small school networks; and advocate for increased school autonomy. Whether as new schools or as large schools redesigned into small units, small scale has been the key. NYNSR schools average 300 students. Many schools utilize service learning and internships, and all have partnerships with local organizations and universities to connect students to the responsibilities of citizenship and work. Because of their own distinct approaches, NYNSR schools are often compared to charter schools. Examples are given of NYNSR schools focusing on global studies, the arts, inclusive programs, limited English speaking immigrants, environmental action, and family needs. Starting with 80 small schools as models, NYNSR now includes 140 small public schools serving more than 50,000 city students. These schools include more African-American, Latino, and poor students than other public schools. Attendance is up, parent satisfaction is high, graduation rates exceed city averages, and the dropout rate is less than one-half that of large schools. Contains a map showing school locations; addresses, phone, and fax numbers of NYNSR schools; a list of NYNSR school networks; brief descriptions of sponsoring partners; consultative council members; a fact sheet; photographs; and a list of other NYNSR publications. (TD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Diversity (Student), Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Participative Decision Making, Partnerships in Education, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, Small Schools, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Annenberg Foundation, St. Davids, PA.
Authoring Institution: New York Networks for School Renewal, NY.