When High School Means a Build-It-Yourself Education

A charter school in Oregon encourages students to shape their own learning


American Futures Updates, from MS to AZ to CA

NPR conveys the sound of an innovative school in Mississippi, plus other news from the road


A High School That Changes Lives, One at a Time

Teachers and students in a bankrupt California city, determined to make progress


Reinventing High School

How Fresno prepares the kids in the middle


Next Up From Fresno: High School for Overlooked ‘Kids in the Mid

Public schools often end up concentrating on students with obvious promise at the very top, and with obvious problems at the bottom. Here is one designed to foster opportunities for everyone else.

Economic & Business Development

A Rural High School with a 21st Century Outlook

A California school prepares its students for success.

Economic & Business Development

National Problems, Local Solutions: More Reports From Ohio

America and Americans in the active, not passive, mode


A Creative Way to Educate Low-Income Students

In Columbus, Ohio, an innovative school has patched together state funds, work study, and grants to give at-risk kids a high-quality education.


Build Your Own 3D Printer

High-school science projects from Mississippi


Students From Mississippi Write About Their State

"MSMS is often referred to as the most diverse square mile in the state of Mississippi, alluding to academic interests, ethnicities, belief systems, aspirations, and much more," a high school senior writes. "It's true."


A Mississippi School Striving for Excellence

“I am so happy to be here. I have so many opportunities. I am so fortunate.”


Emancipation Day Commemoration in Eastern Mississippi

"It's not a black thing. It's not a white thing. It's an American thing."


A High School That Teaches Students to Fly, and Other Innovation

"A lot of problem-solving skills grow out of the experience of doing things rather than thinking about things."

Economic & Business Development

What ‘Career Technical’ Education Looks Like

From a High School in Southern Georgia


What My School Means to Me: Essays from 3 High Schoolers

How students at an unusual school think—and write—about their experience.

From the Readers

Why We Never Get Over High School

Across the nation, people have different questions they ask when meeting someone new. There are hidden meanings in all of them -- including a popular one about schooling.