Our nation’s high schools play a vital role in preparing students to succeed in college and beyond. For the third straight year, we are proud to honor public high schools that have a successful track record of going beyond simply graduating students to helping them enroll in college and succeed once they get there. The 2020 GreatSchools College Success Award recognizes 2,158 high schools, representing about 21% of eligible public high schools across 29 states.
What does it take for high schools to help all students succeed?
The College Success Award aims to shine a light on high schools across the country that are enabling their students to succeed beyond graduation. But what if some schools face extra challenges? To that end, we have spotlighted three extraordinary winners that serve a high percentage of low-income students. Our goal was to uncover not just the outperformers but to find out more about their practices. What lessons have they learned about supporting struggling students? What’s different about what they do compared to other schools?
Go behind the scenes: When we set out to identify the 2019 National Spotlight Schools, we dove into the data, interviewed schools, and gathered information from multiple sources. The results were eye-opening.
New collection of white papers with College Success Award insights:
See why ongoing teacher development should be a cornerstone of every high school.
Allowing students to exercise their voice and choice helps them embrace their own learning paths.
Conveying a belief in students’ ability to achieve can help students get to college and succeed once there.