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May 2, 2006

Newsweek's Challenge Index: Top 1138 US High Schools

Barbara Kantrowitz and Pat Wingert:

A one-size-fits-all approach no longer works for everyone, the new thinking goes; a more individualized experience is better.

"We are changing the goal of high school and what it's possible to achieve there," says Tom Vander Ark, executive director of the Gates Foundation's education initiative, which has spent $1 billion in 1,600 high schools in 40 states plus the District of Columbia over the last six years.

For parents and students, these schools mean an often bewildering array of choices -- small schools within larger schools, specialized charter and magnet schools for things ranging from fashion design to computer programming, even public boarding schools for budding physicists or artists.

Newsweek's Top 1138 US High Schools (16 Wisconsin high schools including one from Madison - Memorial ranked #924).

2005 rankings can be found here. Posted by Jim Zellmer at May 2, 2006 6:45 AM
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