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ERIC Number: ED541361
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Partnership & Innovation: New Century High Schools in New York
Hirota, Janice M.
New Visions for Public Schools
In September 2002, 17 New Century high schools opened their doors to students as part of an ambitious, citywide initiative to make the high school experience relevant, engaging, and productive for New York City youth. Deliberately sited in Department of Education-designated low-performing high schools, these schools enroll students who are often unengaged in and unprepared for high school-level work. A core team provides oversight of the initiative and ensures ongoing support and involvement of key stakeholders. This is the first of a series of papers based on a documentation study of the implementation of the New Century high schools. In particular, the study is examining how a central NCHS strategy--school-level partnerships between DoE and non-school organizations--is being enacted as partners work to create and lead each of the new small schools. NCHS unites three, often unconnected strands of school reform efforts, interweaving these strands in a extensive effort to transform large, centralized high schools into small schools. The first strand emphasizes small school environments to promote strong, individualized academic and social supports for students. The second strand highlights work to create and support school-level partnerships between the DoE ("school") staff, mainly teachers and principals, and staff of external organizations to co-design, -implement, and -operate the new small schools. The third strand involves efforts to create region-level and citywide structural change to help foster and sustain reform in schools throughout the system. (Contains 17 footnotes.) [This publication was produced by the Youth Development Institute at the Fund for the City of New York in collaboration with New Visions for Public Schools.]
New Visions for Public Schools. 320 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014. Tel: 212-645-5110; Fax: 212-645-7409; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York
Authoring Institution: New Visions for Public Schools
Identifiers - Location: New York