Friday, May 28, 2010
Chicago's Little Red K-12 Schoolhouse
"Small, rural schools have been doing this ever since things began"
Chicago Public School officials hope the Little Village structure will help them address a quandary they have long struggled with: how to transition students from their familiar elementary schools to often larger, less controlled high schools. At the same time, officials hope to decrease the number of dropouts and increase the number of students who make the next transition — to college.
Sarah S. Pearson, deputy director at the Coalition for Community Schools, a not-for-profit based in Washington, D.C. said the urban K-12 model is rare across the country, but does exist in at least two schools in the Cincinnati area. (Chicago Tribune)