Creating Small Schools
A Handbook for Raising Equity and Achievement
- Dan French - Center for Collaborative Education
- Mary Atkinson - Center for Collaborative Education
- Leah Rugen - Center for Collaborative Education
"A terrific manual for small schools or conversion efforts. Provides a logical road map and tools, and shows educators how to lead groups and engage the community in the rebuilding effort."
—Sue Showers, Educational Consultant
Bigger is not necessarily better.
While current research shows that comprehensive high schools remain the norm, effective small-scale high schools feature lower student-to-teacher ratios, longer instructional blocks, more parent involvement, and increased advisory and student support. The resulting instructional benefits include reduced dropout rates, increased attendance, higher student achievement, and fewer discipline problems.
Based on the authors' work at the nationally renowned Center for Collaborative Education, Creating Small Schools presents an A–to–Z guide for developing small school communities that personalize the educational experience for all students, helping them form lasting bonds with faculty and ultimately increasing their chances of going to college.
Success for students and schools depends on small class size, unifying vision, autonomy, and accountability. This research-based guidebook offers school leaders:
- Ways to establish new schools or convert existing ones
- Step-by-step instructions for developing a small schools plan
- Lessons, case studies, practical tools, advice, and vignettes
- Guidance for forging partnerships with district administration and the community
Discover how small schools can effectively reach and motivate underserved learners, and watch as achievement levels rise for all students.