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Choosing a School A to Z

The murky middle: What does an average rating mean?

When a school’s GreatSchools Rating is a 1 or 10, you know how the students are performing on state tests. But when a school has an average rating, it can mean many different things. More »

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School choice terms: a primer

A guide for parents on school choice lingo.


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Inside Montessori schools

How to know if these child-centric schools are right for your child.


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Waldorf schools

Creative and holistic or cultish? Learn the pros and cons about Rudolph Steiner schools.


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International Baccalaureate

IB prorams and schools are growing in popularity. Learn what this rigorous curriculum is all about.


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What are STEM schools?

Schools focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math are flourishing. Find out why.


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Language-oriented schools: sí o no?

How and why you want to consider one - in plain English.


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College preparatory schools

What does "college prep" really mean — and is it right for your child?


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Core Knowledge schools

How this specialized curriculum aims to produce academics stars.


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Early college high schools

Should I consider an early college school for my teen?


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Special needs programs and schools

What you need to know to find the right one for your child.


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The reality of virtual schools

Thanks to modern technology, an online education might be just what your child needs.


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Multiplex schools

How these "schools within a school" offer so many choices - all under one roof.


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Project-based learning

Brain building or academically weaker? What you need to know about project-focused programs.


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Not your father's vocational school

Welcome to the modern breed of career schools.


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Hybrid schools

Learn why hybrids may be the wave of the future. (No, we're not talking cars.)


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San Francisco

Making it work in the city by the bay



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Pasadena

High expectations, harsh realities


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Los Angeles

Finding your way in the City of Angels


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St. Louis

Myriad choices — and attractive magnets


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Oakland

Here's the key to finding the there — there


Good school, bad school? How to know.

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