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My zoned middle school, in Orlando, FL, made local news with a tragic and terrifying story: a student was taken into the bathroom and raped. That was exactly what my mom was avoiding five years ago, when she diligently fought to keep me out of that school, which had a reputation for being unsafe. Unable to afford private education, thankfully we had another viable option. Howard Middle School, a public magnet school only twenty minutes away from my house, offered a Visual and Performing Arts program.
Since I transferred to Howard Middle during the middle of the school year, I was given a special acceptance due to my academic performance and earlier community involvement. It may sound cliché, but Howard was the perfect fit for me!
In previous years, Howard Middle struggled as a Title I recipient (a school that receives federal funds because it serves many students from low-income families). Through strong new leadership and the magnet program, it became a nationally award-winning school. The change also encouraged the county to improve other existing schools in the area, so students wouldn’t have to compete for one high-performing school.
Although Howard Middle was a Visual and Performing Arts magnet school, they offered many different electives for students. I decided to take a class in pre-law which aroused my interest in the field. When it came time for high school, I decided to attend William R. Boone, a magnet school with a law concentration, where I learned skills ranging from public speaking to courtroom procedures.
My school district embraces school choice by offering a variety of education options – including public, private, virtual, charter and homeschool. Thanks to my ability to choose the best learning environment for myself, I am college bound.
Caroline Casola is a 12th-grade student at William R. Boone High School.
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National Blue Ribbon Schools are special places, each unique to their communities, their students, their staff, and their leaders, yet they are producing outstanding results for all their students regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or zip code. They are closing the gaps in student achievement and, in most cases, demonstrating consistent excellence.
Each year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program visits a handful of schools to learn more about what makes these outstanding schools tick. Video profiles offer glimpses of dynamic students, teachers, and principals in action—a day in the life of a National Blue Ribbon School.
We recently featured two schools that prove there are no one-size-fits-all approaches to educating students. Today we are excited to share with you two more.
Featured below are two 2017 National Blue Ribbon awardees that demonstrate the importance of student engagement in successful schooling. These videos showcase promising practices in the arts and social emotional learning, strengthening the conclusion that student learning requires engagement.
Teaching with Art and Heart showcases Skyland Elementary School, a rural elementary school in Greer, South Carolina. Under the leadership of Dr. Carolyn Styles, Skyland teachers have trained with professional artists to learn ways to tap student curiosity and persistence by integrating the arts into classroom instruction. Creativity and collaboration ensure that all students are engaged in a learning activity, independent of their unique learning needs. In this video, students use art to understand quadrilaterals and music to develop a steady beat to aid in reading fluency.
Hearts and Minds highlights Pinewood Elementary School, located in a suburb of Grand Rapids, Michigan. There, teachers and staff found themselves dealing with extreme student behaviors that disrupted learning. Principal Rachael Postle-Brown led a multi-pronged response consisting of mindfulness for self-calming and metacognition, strategies for students to use language to solve problems and resolve personal issues, and movement to oxygenate young minds and reinforce content cues.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has produced more than 50 video profiles of honorees to showcase the myriad ways that successful schools meet their students’ needs. These profiles capture urban, suburban and rural schools, in both affluent and low income neighborhoods, where students are thriving.
Learn more about the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. We look forward to announcing the new 2018 cohort of awardees in the fall.
Aba Kumi is Director of the U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Schools program.
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Across the country, hallways and classrooms are full of activity as students head back to school for the 2018–19 academic year. Each year, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) compiles some back-to-school facts and figures that give a snapshot of our schools and colleges for the coming year. You can see the full report on the NCES website, but here are a few “by-the-numbers” highlights. You can also click on the hyperlinks throughout the blog to see additional data on these topics.
The staff of NCES and the Institute of Education Sciences hopes our nation’s students, teachers, administrators, school staffs, and families have an outstanding school year!
The number of students expected to attend public elementary and secondary schools this year—slightly more than in the 2017–18 school year (50.6 million). The racial and ethnic profile of these students includes 24.1 million White students, 7.8 million Black students, 14.0 million Hispanic students, 2.6 million Asian students, 0.2 million Pacific Islander students, 0.5 million American Indian/Alaska Native students, and 1.6 million students of Two or more races.
About 5.9 million students are expected to attend private schools this year.16.0
The expected number of public school students per teacher in fall 2018. This ratio has remained consistent at around 16.0 since 2010. However, the pupil/teacher ratio is lower in private schools (12.3) and has fallen since 2010, when it was 13.0.$12,910
This is the projected per-student expenditure in public elementary and secondary schools in 2018–19. Total expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools are projected to be $654 billion for the 2018–19 school year.3.6 million
The number of students expected to graduate from high school this academic year, including about 3.3 million from public schools and nearly 0.4 million from private schools.19.9 million
This is the number of students expected to attend American colleges and universities this fall—higher than the fall 2000 enrollment of 15.3 million but lower than the peak of 21.0 million in 2010. About 13.3 million students will attend four-year institutions and 6.7 million will attend two-year institutions.56.5%
The projected percentage of female postsecondary students in fall 2018, for a total of about 11.2 million female students, compared with 8.7 million male students.
Lauren Musu is with NCES and Molly Fenster is with American Institutes for Research.
Cross-posted from the NCES blog.