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?
Like a Sponge podcast: Forget college prep. Start college now.
One small Texas early college high school manages to do what so many high schools try but fail to do: prepare all students for actual college success.
The role of Advanced Placement classes in high school
Advanced Placement or AP classes offer students the opportunity to do college-level work and earn college credit while still in high school.
Understanding the power of project-based learning
Project-based learning may be the cure for a few of the problems plaguing modern American high schools.
The most important class in high school isn't what you think
When done correctly, advisory is a lot more than just a "free" period. Here's why a strong advisory program is the cornerstone of a successful high school experience.
The value of senior capstone projects
These individualized projects can keep seniors engaged in high school while they work on a future-focused area of interest.
How dual enrollment can fuel college success
Offering teens access to college classes in high school isn’t just about college credit, it’s about college success.
The power of student exhibitions
Why it’s valuable to help kids show what they know (and not just on a test).
Answers to the top 5 questions parents have about learning pods
Get the lowdown on learning pods and micro-schools — and consider ways to support equity in education during the pandemic.
Should my child learn to read in our home language or in English first?
It’s a dilemma many parents face when raising a child with two different languages: one at home, another at school. Here’s what the research shows.
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.