Why diversity in classrooms matters
Consider it preparation for an increasingly multicultural future — and it can be done without giving up quality.
Preschool philosophies, A to Z
Learn about different preschool options with specific philosophies or approaches, such as Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia.
Choosing a high school crash course
Ready to pick a high school? Here's your go-to guide, including insider tips on touring, the lowdown on AP classes, and a handy school tour checklist.
Gifted — or just privileged?
Some say gifted kids are a national asset — others argue they’re just the rich kids getting spoiled. Where do you stand?
What's a special needs school?
How to make sense of what's available and make the best choice for your child.
Step-by-step guide to choosing a high school
Ready to pick a high school? Here's your step-by-step guide, including how to use GreatSchools.org's school profiles to find the best school for your child.
Education rebel with a cause
Until recently, local school boards were run mostly by political players. This Oakland dad represents a new breed of parents who are taking power into their own hands.
Understanding GreatSchools Ratings
Our school profiles now include important information in addition to test scores. Here's a look at what goes into your school's GreatSchools Summary Rating.
Share your story in a school review
Reviewing your child’s school helps other parents find the right school for their child, and it's a great way to show gratitude for what you appreciate (and offer perspective on what you don't). Here are some tips for writing a helpful review.
Schley Middle High School: Doing what's best for kids
In the name of doing what's best for kids, College Success Award-winning Schley Middle High School embraces dual-enrollment, offers one-on-one academic and college counseling, and ensures that there's a path for every student.
Inside a place-based school
The idea behind place-based education is to immerse students in learning by locating the school inside an inspiring learning environment. Public Museum School, a middle school in Grand Rapids, MI, for example, is on the top floor of a museum.
Inside a performance-based school
Performance-based learning means that students get to learn at their own pace. See how adopting this model changed student outcomes at Lindsay High School.
Inside a high-expectations, high-support school
Many charter schools have adopted this school model to help traditionally underserved students prepare for college. KIPP Bayview Academy, a 5-8 school in San Francisco, exemplifies this cool school model.
Inside a Montessori school
Long embraced by preschools, Montessori-style education is being implemented in elementary, middle, and even high schools. For example, see how Urban Montessori School in Oakland, CA serves kindergartners through eighth graders.
Inside an environmental science school
At an environmental science school, students learn inside the classroom and outside in nature. See how C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy, a K-11 school in Grand Rapids, MI, incorporates environmental science into kids’ daily lives.
Inside a language immersion school
At language immersion schools, students spend half the day learning in English and half the day learning in their target language. Here's a day in the life at Broadway Elementary School, a K-6 language immersion school in Venice, California.