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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.

Back-to-school clothes: shopping for your young child

When choosing school clothes for your younger child, keep her comfort, safety, and growing independence in mind.

GreatSchools’ POV on Common Core

How do we feel about this new educational initiative that could transform U.S. classrooms? As always, we’re keeping our eye on what matters most: your child.

Help! My Child Is Always Late to School

My child never seems to get ready on time. How can I help her to be organized so that we are not late to school in the morning?

My child won't talk at school

My second-grader won't talk in school. He only whispers to his teacher, which is frustrating to the teacher. Outside of school he is a chatterbox. Because of this we've taken him out of school and he is being homeschooled. What should we be doing now...

Help! My Daughter's Friends Are Leaving Her School

My fourth grader attends a Montessori school, in which the children are placed in a multi-age classroom with the same teachers for three-year periods. Because the class sizes are small, there are only four fourth-grade girls and two fourth-grade boys in her class. Two of...

How to improve your school's lunch program

Tired of seeing chicken nuggets, tater tots, and chocolate milk on the school lunch menu? Here are seven simple steps to give your school cafeteria a healthy makeover.

7 secrets of highly successful school lunches

Stuck in a school lunch rut? Try these seven easy secrets to school lunch success.

How is your child’s school teaching math?

Chances are your child’s math class is different than what you remember. Here’s our guide to some of the popular math curricula in schools today.

How to build a new playground at your school

Is your school's play structure worn out, even dangerous. Here's a step-by-step guide for creating a play space so dazzling even the coolest fifth graders will come out and play.