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What an average school rating means

When a school's GreatSchools Rating is a 1 or a 10, you know how the students are performing on state tests. But when a school has a 4, 5, 6, or 7 rating, it can mean different things.

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How to spot a world-class education

After spending years studying schools around the world, Amanda Ripley has learned a few reliable tricks for finding a school that is both rigorous and full of spirit and learning.


Ideas for parents

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8 surprising secrets to school success

These extraordinary, somewhat counterintuitive scientific findings are all about how parents can (easily!) foster children’s success at school. Pick one to try for the new year — or use them all.

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When kids say no to school

Morgan Smith won't go to school. It's neither a whim nor bad behavior. According to experts, school refusal is a common childhood behavior problem that's wrenching for kids and parents alike.

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