ERIC Number: ED485748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Reference Count: 0
Building a Portfolio of High Schools: A Strategic Investment Toolkit
Allen, Lili; Almeida, Cheryl; Murphy, Lucretia; Steinberg, Adria
Jobs for the Future
For generations, Americans have known what to expect from their high schools. Teenagers in cities across the U.S., like their parents and grandparents before them, could expect to go to a large high school with as many as three or four thousand of their peers. They could anticipate a day segmented into 45 minute blocks, each devoted to a different subject, and a year punctuated by predictable rituals from the annual Thanksgiving day football game with the arch-rival school to the periodic honor roll assembly. They could expect to hear at graduation the names of those going on to college and those receiving special scholarships and honors. The rest (many not unhappily) saw high school as the end of their formal education. The "one-size-fits-all" assumption of the large comprehensive high school is giving way to increased choice for young people and their parents among a variety of schooling designs, some of which look quite different from the regularities and rituals of the past. In just a few short years, the landscape of high schooling in Boston and a number of cities has been redrawn--a development that is beginning to attract the attention of educational, community, and philanthropic leaders in many other urban areas throughout the country.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.