What's a special needs school?
How to make sense of what's available and make the best choice for your child.
Learn more about single-sex schools, and what advocates and detractors say. Then decide for yourself.
Public vs. private vs. charter
In the often overwhelming world of school choice, there are public, private, and charters. How do you decide which type of school is right for your child?
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.
Cutting art from schools also cuts out a path to learning skills
When schools cut art programs to save money, kids from low-income families pay the biggest price in lost motivation, lost opportunity, and lost life skills.
Go global: summer international programs for teens
Your teenager can strengthen her Spanish in Spain or help rural villagers plant community gardens in Mexico this summer.
Vocational and CTE schools
Is a vocational or career and technical education (CTE) program right for your child? Learn how some high schools integrate apprenticeship-like training into curricula.
Is a Montessori school right for your child? Get the lowdown on this child-centered approach to education.
What is a Core Knowledge school?
Is a Core Knowledge school right for your child? Learn what this rigorous academic program is all about and the pros and cons it offers students preK to 8.
All about Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams
The AP program gives students the opportunity to take college-level courses while they are still in high school.
In IB kids teach themselves
Is IB right for your child? Learn how International Baccalaureate schools, programs, and classes work for elementary, middle, and high schoolers.