ERIC Number: ED464983
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
CBO Schools: Profiles in Transformational Education.
Smith, Stephanie M.; Thomases, Jean G.
This study collected information on 11 community-based organization (CBO) schools that had solid reputations for helping young people. These schools focused on youth who had been unsuccessful in mainstream schools to become engaged, challenged, and supported so they could succeed educationally and change their lives and communities. All 11 schools had public access and support, operation by a CBO, and an academic program that culminated in a high school diploma. Individually, the schools provided specific examples of a variety of approaches. The CBOs that operated these schools had long histories of commitment and service to their communities' youth. Data from site visits and interviews indicated that students attending CBO schools were looking for a personalized, supportive, and engaging school environment where they could obtain the knowledge and skills to succeed as individuals and community members. CBOs shared five common areas high and comprehensive standards, relevant and diverse learning opportunities, personalized and flexible learning environments, supports and services for effective learning, and opportunities to contribute. Recommendations to maximize the potential of CBO schools include increasing access to resources, strengthening CBO schools, and connecting CBO schools to public high school system reform. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Charter Schools, Culturally Relevant Education, Diversity (Student), Educational Environment, High Risk Students, High School Students, High Schools, School Community Relationship, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC. Center for Youth Development and Policy Research.