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Document Number: 6127

Rethinking High School: Five Profiles of Innovative Models for Student Success - The authors profile five high schools in different regions of the United States – TechBoston in Boston; Dayton Early College Academy in Dayton, Ohio; Northtown Academy in Chicago; Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver; and High Tech High in San Diego – looking at the programs’ distinguishing characteristics, student populations and academic achievement. Although all five high schools serve predominately low-income, high-minority student populations, the programs boast student achievement and attendance rates well beyond those in their surrounding districts. At two of the sites, 100% of the seniors applied to college and 100% graduated from high school, in comparison to district graduation rates ranging from 49-61%. (Tracy A. Huebner and Grace Calisi Corbett, WestEd for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 2005)...

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