New project explores the problematic legacy of American high schools — and how to transform them for the better, forever

GreatSchools.org’s “Transforming High School” spotlights innovative ways educators are reinventing high school to make it more effective for all students 

OAKLAND, CA (February 14, 2022) — As parents across the country mull over school options for their children as enrollment and class registration deadlines are imminent, a new project is highlighting practices to look for in a high school. Education nonprofit GreatSchools today announced the launch of “Transforming High School,” a bilingual collection of videos, articles, podcasts, and tools that aim to build public will for evolving high school by inspiring parents and educators to embrace transformative, equitable practices and policies.

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GreatSchools.org adds data on school culture, learning environment to profiles of 1,700+ New York City public schools

Nation’s leading school information site provides families of over 1 million students a new lens on school quality

OAKLAND, CA (December 2, 2021) — Parents in New York City have gained additional access to critical data that illuminates what happens inside the district’s more than 1,700 public schools each day. National nonprofit and school information site GreatSchools.org today announced the publication of “school climate” data from the New York City Department of Education’s 2019-2020 School Survey on the GreatSchools.org profiles of public schools in all five boroughs.

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New season of GreatSchools.org’s parenting podcast confronts the problematic legacy of traditional American high school

Season three of “Like a Sponge” shares the experiences of students and educators from across the country

OAKLAND, CA (October 12, 2021) — Education nonprofit GreatSchools today announced the release of season three of Like a Sponge, its Webby-nominated podcast for parents about the science of how children learn and thrive. The 7-episode season explores the problematic legacy of the traditional American high school and shares how educators are innovating to create more equitable and effective experiences for their students. Continue reading “”

1,838 public high schools in 25 states honored for college readiness, success

GreatSchools.org’s annual ‘College Success Award’ recognizes high schools that excel at helping students succeed after graduation

OAKLAND, CA (September 23, 2021) — As schools settle in to the first in-person school year in two years, 1,838 high schools in 25 states have a reason to celebrate. Today, GreatSchools.org announced the recipients of its 2021 College Success Award, an annual recognition that honors high schools excelling at preparing students to enroll and succeed in college, as determined by available data in each state. Continue reading “”

GreatSchools.org Launches First-of-its-kind Award Celebrating Schools with Positive, Supportive Learning Environments

452 Illinois public schools earn inaugural “Thrive Award” that offers new look at school quality

OAKLAND, CA (August 16, 2021)GreatSchools.org, the leading provider of school information, today announced 452 Illinois schools — 66% of which serve a high population of students from low-income families — as recipients of its inaugural Thrive Award. The first-of-its-kind award recognizes and celebrates public schools in Illinois that demonstrate positive, supportive learning environments for students and staff. Continue reading “”