School Size - Does it Really Matter?

Monday, November 04, 2013 - 04:00 AM

Many of the new small schools in New York City are having more success preparing students for high school graduation, college and careers than traditional large high schools. But these schools often lack what adults today recall as the highlights of their high school days: extracurricular activities, school plays, sports teams, advanced placement classes, not to mention experienced teachers.

Yet recent research supports the Bloomberg administration's approach to breaking up comprehensive high schools into smaller options. How can large zoned high schools keep a place for themselves in the city’s ambitious school system? Equally, how can small schools provide the wide spectrum of activities that enrich students’ lives and create community?

Read responses from Constancia Warren, James Kemple, Rebecca Unterman, Deirdre DeAngelis-D'Alessio, Shael Polakow-Suransky, JD Hoye and Joe Luft.

And join the debate. On Wednesday, SchoolBook will host the next Twitter chat organized by the Education Funders Research Initiative, a project of Philanthropy New York.


Patricia Willens


Comments [1]

Pedro from nyc

Unscientific conclusions people make!!! Bloomberg's pet project, small schools, get all new furniture, new blackboards, new books, more support in the way of professional development, more school counselors, just more resources, period. Additionally, these schools get more say into what students they accept. "Bad schools" which are getting phased out/ closed down, get ignored by smarter students looking for a high school. Subsequently, we realize small schools are better. Does anyone really believe that all of the system's troubled kids get channeled into another small school when they are messing up? Troubled kids get funneled into bigger schools, because they need bodies, anybody, because the kids bring additional monies into these schools. Phasing out schools get starved to death...good students leave, looking for stability; bad students stay, unable to get into other schools. I think you get the picture...Self-fulfilling prophecy for the Dept.'s bureaucrats, appointed bureaucrats...

Nov. 04 2013 12:44 PM

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