For Parents

What kind of high school do we need in the 21st century? In our diverse, globalized society, every student deserves a high school experience that enables them to fulfill their potential. These stories will help you see how innovative high schools are creating solutions to help every student thrive. No single practice can ensure a high school’s success, but when high schools prioritize equity, rigor, and how teens actually learn, all students thrive.

Explore these practices and ask yourself: What will work for your child and your community? Then share those solutions with teachers, principals, the superintendent, and the school board.



The problem — and promise — of high school

The power of giving students voice and choice

Exceptional educators share what they look for in a high school

Culturally responsive teaching is… good teaching

What is early college high school?

What if all students got accommodations?


In this season of our podcast, Like a Sponge, we explore how high schools need to change and the ways some educators are embracing innovative practices rooted in both equity and rigor. What does it mean for a school to become trauma-sensitive? Or anti-rascist? See how these big ideas play out in real schools.


Advocating for student-centered learning

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A toolbox to help community organizers and parent leaders push for student-centered learning in high schools.

How to make our high schools more equitable

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A toolbox to help community organizers and parent leaders push for equitable learning opportunities in high schools.

What to consider before choosing a high school

Are you trying to find the right high school for your child, but don’t know where to start? This checklist can help.