Getting Started with High School Redesign

Thinking about high school redesign? We assembled a great reading list to get you started.  

Formulating a strategy:

Plan a visit:

Consider becoming a design-focused school:

Four SoCal STEM schools with great design principles:

Big schools with a coherent academic program:

A Virginia district that led with a great set of design principles:

Consider using new school development to spur district-wide redesign:

City Arts & Tech High School, San Francisco

On project-based and place-based learning:

On the shift to competency:

Become an early college high school:

On career-focused high schools:

On advisory and guidance:

For more, see:

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1 Comment

Connie Hamilton

Hi, My name is Connie Hamilton and I am the founding principal of the Kingsborough Early College Secondary School in NYC. CUNY has been opening and supporting these amazing progressive schools for over 20 years in NYC. I am wondering why there is no mention of our schools. In my school, our students graduate with an Associates Degree in high school and move on to 4 year colleges and achieve their Masters Degrees. There is so much to tell and share, I hope you look into our programs. We have 6-12, 9-14 and CTE schools that are achieving amazing results. Thank you for your time, connie


Mason Pashia

Hey there Connie, our new high school pathways campaign will highlight ECHS and P-TECH models including those in NYC. We'd love a blog on the continued success of Kingsborough ECSS if you're interested? If so, feel free to send your post to [email protected]!

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