Are charter schools better?
A groundbreaking study offers new insights into charters: Are they outperforming traditional public schools, or are they failing their students?
Excellent school profile: MMS
How a small but feisty school in Bridgeport, CT is overcoming the achievement gap.
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.
Community college conundrum
It's cheap, it's easy, but is it a path to higher education? One mother finds out when her dropout son enrolls.
Excellent school: Harlem Village MS
What makes a school outstanding? At this high-performing, highly lauded charter, the golden rule is: Teachers are tops.
Navigating the system: Oakland
Looking for a school in Oakland? Let us help by giving you the inside scoop.
7 essentials about charter schools
Tempted to go charter? Keep these facts and factors in mind when researching your educational options.
How important is school size?
Which is better? Big or small? It all depends on what's a good fit for your child.
Traditional school alternatives: is one right for your child?
Learn about different types of schools, with distinctive philosophies and curriculum, including Montessori, Waldorf, Core Knowledge, KIPP, and IB.
Charter schools offer an array of choices
In many areas, charter schools give parents a wealth of alternatives to their neighborhood school.
What are charter schools?
Charter school is a loaded term. Prejudices abound and misconceptions reign. Here’s what you need to know when considering a charter school for your child.