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Working the school system

Meet six parents who beat the odds and got their child into a dream public school. Here are their tips and tales from the trenches.

How to start a school garden

Schools nationwide are letting kids get their hands dirty while they learn. Here's a step-by-step guide to starting a thriving school garden of your own.

What's a charter school anyway?

Misconceptions, rumors, and exaggerations abound. Here's the real story about charters, and why you might want to consider one for your child.

A guide to private schools

In the world of school choice, private schools are a viable option (even when you think it's not).

John Duffy on school refusal

Beyond "I don't want to go to school," there's a whole other level of dread. It's called school refusal, and we're only just beginning to understand it.

GreatSchools/BusinessWeek Top-Performing Schools 2009

We've crunched the numbers to find top schools in each state for the GreatSchools/BusinessWeek Top-Performing Schools list.

Excellent school series: Harlem Village Academy Middle School

What makes a school outstanding? At this high-performing, highly lauded charter, the golden rule is: Teachers are tops.

11 tips for adjusting to a new school

Make your child's first day easier by getting organized and staying positive.

Fewer schools keeping librarians on staff

Cash-strapped California school districts forced to cut positions

Drinking, drugs, and… middle school dating?

Dating is part of growing up, but early dating can be risky.

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