How to make better teachers
Teachers are the most powerful factor in your child’s education: that’s why ongoing teacher development should be a cornerstone of every high school.
Why college counseling matters
Early and ongoing access to college counseling has been shown to influence whether students apply to college and which colleges they choose.
The value of student-staff connections
Positive, meaningful relationships between high school students and their teachers and principals are more than just nice to have; they're the foundation for a great high school.
Why all students should take advanced classes
The best high schools don’t just provide rigorous courses for motivated students, they encourage every student to explore advanced classes.
The importance of real-life learning and career pathways
Whether it’s career and technical training or outside internships, hands-on learning in high school gives kids purpose and makes school relevant.
10 practices of an exceptionally successful high school
North Star Academy Principal Michael Mann shares the strategies the school has created to ensure that 100% of their students are prepared for four-year college.
Meet 5 of the 1,722 College Success Award-winning high schools helping low-income students thrive
GreatSchools.org uses data to give College Success Awards to high schools that are helping all students prepare for, and succeed in, college.
College Success Award winner: President William McKinley High School
Watch how this 2019 CSA-winning high school in Honolulu, HI encourages kids to explore their career dreams while also instilling the value of giving back to their community.
College Success Award winner: Veterans Memorial Early College High School
Watch how this CSA-winning high school in Brownsville, TX shows kids they care and supports students through the college application process.
CSA winner: North Star Academy Washington Park High School
Watch how this 2019 CSA-winning high school in Newark, NJ innovates for the good of the students and encourages kids to work hard to achieve their dreams.
6 strategies of award-winning high schools that prepare students for college
Learn six educational strategies integral to College Success Award-winning high schools.
College Success Award winner: Marshall High School
In this small, tight-knit Ozarks community, school leaders do whatever it takes to help kids get to college. Last year, they raised $1.8M in scholarships and financial aid for seniors.
College Success Award winner: Arabia Mountain High School
Excellence is the rule at this Title I school, where high expectations and environmental education prepare students for college and for life.
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.
Goals are a graduation requirement
At College Success Award-winning Cass City Junior and Senior High School, all students are walked through the process of planning their postsecondary paths.
College Success Award: Denver School of Science and Technology Stapleton
High expectations, intensive college counseling, and teachers who go the extra mile make college success possible for all students — even if it takes extra time.