ERIC Number: ED449467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Small Schools Yield Big Educational Benefits. Report.
School Renaissance Inst., Inc., Madison, WI.
For the most part, education in the United States started out small, but the 20th century brought significant changes. The Industrial Revolution and immigration swelled American cities at the beginning of the century, and urban schools grew along with them. In the 1950s and 1960s, many communities, educators, and politicians focused on integration, and found it desirable to move from neighborhood schools to bigger, more diverse institutions which could offer students a more comprehensive curriculum and extra-curricular activities at a lower cost. This report discusses the benefits of small schools (between 350 and 900 students). The report contends that small schools offer a more rewarding experience for students and staff, as well as a degree of community experience that is rarely possible in large schools. It also states that research suggests that students perform better in small schools, and that research has begun to call into question James Conant's assertion that large schools are a better educational bargain. The report discusses how to accomplish a transition to smaller schools and points out that small size does not automatically ensure success or guarantee quality. (Contains 2 tables of data and a 35-item bibliography.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Educational Benefits, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Size, Small Schools, Student Needs
School Renaissance Institute, P.O. Box 45016, Madison, WI 53744-5016. Tel: 800-200-4848 (Toll Free); Fax: 608-664-3882; Web site: http://www.SchoolRenaissance.com.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: School Renaissance Inst., Inc., Madison, WI.