The article continues:
But the New Schools at Carver, as the campus is now called, has changed all that. By breaking up the traditional campus into five smaller schools — each with its own student body, curriculum, principal and faculty — education officials say they've finally broken down the stubborn pattern of truancy, disrespect and low aspirations.
Walking around Carver's serene brick campus on a grassy hilltop south of downtown Atlanta feels like visiting a small college. Separate buildings are devoted to different academic pursuits: One for the School of the Arts and the School of Health Sciences & Research, another for the Early College and School of Technology, and a third for the School of Entrepreneurship, also known as the Senior Academy.
Just one year after the conversion, Carver's graduation rate soared from a paltry 36 percent to a not-too-shabby 61 percent. And next Thursday, Crawford hopes nearly all of her seniors will graduate.
By the 2009-10 school year, all of the city's high schools will either be broken up in like fashion or will develop "small learning communities" where teams of teachers are assigned to a set group of students, similar to a strategy commonly used in middle school. Hall's ultimate goal? To lift the system's graduation rate from about 70 percent to 90 percent, and ensure that Atlanta students are well-prepared for their next step in life.
plez sez: i have been engaged in a conversation concerning the plight of education for our Black boys with Eddie Griffin via e-mail and his blog site (baby moses 1, baby moses 2, baby moses 3, baby moses 4, and baby moses 5). he's been kicking around ideas as to how this dilemma can be corrected. i feel that this move by the Atlanta Public Schools is one positive step in the right direction.
i live in DeKalb County, Georgia (Atlanta's neighboring county) and our overcrowded school system which suffers from many of the maladies that have afflicted the Atlanta Public School System (apathy, low expectations, low test scores, truancy, etc.) in the past could be addressed by this "new school" solution.