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School Size - Does It Matter?

Many of the new small schools are having more success in preparing students for high school graduation and college and 21st century careers than traditional zoned schools. But these schools often lack what adults today recall as the highlights of their high school days: extracurricular activities, including sports, arts, and debate; teachers with a wide range of expertise.

If students at small schools are seeing improved outcomes, what does that mean for traditional large schools?   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 KempleRebecca Unterman, Deirdre DeAngelis-D'AlessioShael Polakow-Suransky, JD Hoye and Joe Luft.