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Traditional school alternatives: Is one right for your child?

Learn about different types of schools, with distinctive philosophies and curriculum, including Montessori, Waldorf, Core Knowledge, KIPP, and IB.

10 lowest scoring California school districts (2012)

After analyzing test scores, GreatSchools uncovered these 10 districts with the lowest average test scores.

10 most improved California school districts (2012)

In three short years, these 10 school districts have achieved impressive gains, upping their student achievement and GreatSchools Ratings.

10 fastest falling California school districts (2012)

The past three years have been tough for these 10 school districts, which have seen their test scores and GreatSchools Ratings fall faster than any other district in the state.

California’s most improved high schools (2012)

These six high schools have jumped from GreatSchools Ratings as low as 2 (below average) to as high as 9 (above average) in only two years.

California’s most improved elementary schools (2012)

In two short years, these seven schools have grown by leaps and bounds, jumping from GreatSchools Ratings as low as 2 (below average) to as high as 9 (above average).

California’s most improved middle schools (2012)

In just two years, these 11 middle schools have jumped from GreatSchools Ratings as low as 2 (below average) to as high as 8 (above average).

10 top scoring California school districts (2012)

After analyzing test scores, GreatSchools uncovered these 10 districts with the highest average test scores.

California’s most improved school districts 2012: Spotlight on Whittier

What makes a whole school district improve? Any superintendent will tell you it’s not easy. So when we calculated how high this California district has risen in just three years, we had to find out why.

California’s most improved middle school 2012: Keppel Academy

How did a failing school openly compared to a prison transform itself into an exceptional school with a waiting list? With an extreme educational makeover.

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