Ohio North Olmsted High School, North Olmsted
The SITES program gives seniors opportunities to volunteer in the community and to study history and literature to analyze social concerns, including ageism and civic duty. The program's Living History Project preserves local history by exposing seniors to the oral histories of WWII vets and of older residents.
Oklahoma Indianola High School, Indianola
The school's Future Farmers of America chapter offers timely and meaningful support to seniors in the community by clearing debris after storms, serving Thanksgiving meals, and preparing Christmas gift bags. The school fulfills its obligation to make the community better.
Oregon Hermiston High School, Hermiston
Increasing the number of students attending college or trade school, Project College Bound involves the entire community. Its "College 101" seminar helps parents of first-generation applicants to see the value of post-secondary education. Last year, project graduates received $1.5 million in scholarships.
Pennsylvania Norristown High School, Norristown
The Family Advocacy System enables small groups of students to meet weekly with a specially certified faculty member to review academic progress, to set goals, and to make a post-graduation plan. The system gives students' families a caring link between home and school.
Puerto Rico Escuela Superior de la Comunidad Jaime A., Collazo del Río
Morovis By providing civic and environmental education, the Citizens of the World Club teaches kids how to be involved in global society. They develop leadership skills and civic consciousness through activities such as a campaign to build awareness of the stigma of poverty and a project to clean up a polluted beach.
Rhode Island Mt. Hope High School, Bristol
An initiative called the Proficiency-Based Diploma has helped change the school. Teachers re-examined their roles and made inquiry, investigation, and exploration priorities. Now students also have their own digital portfolios.
South Carolina Hanna Westside Extension Campus, Anderson
Kids here converted a lovely but dilapidated storage facility into a state-of-the-art, student-run conference, catering, and B&B center. Students involved in construction, landscaping, interior design, metalwork, culinary arts, accounting, Web desgn, and more--all worked together to complete the project.
South Dakota Chester Area Cyber School, Chester
Most students in a Huetterite Colony never attended school beyond eighth grade; however, the Chester Area Cyber School now provides online instruction for Colony students via an intranet. The initial plan hoped to reach 15 or 20 students in eight Colonies but now serves 260 students in 26 Colonies.
Tennessee Lenoir City High School, Lenoir City
The Freshman Initiative helps ninth-graders make a smooth transition by promoting parental involvement, encouraging better attendance, and providing academic, social, and behavioral support. Absences and disciplinary infractions have dropped dramatically since the program started.
Texas Corsicana High School, Corsicana
The ATTACK squad (All-Tiger Teachers Advocating for Corsicana Kids) give students formal advocates and mentors. A teacher, principal, counselor, aide, or secretary is assigned to a student for four years. Many fruitful relationships emerge among the students, their families, and the school.
Utah Milford High School, Milford
The program Educational Focus has helped students improve basic math and language-arts skills. The school day was lengthened. Scores for mastery of math core objectives have increased from 54 to 67 percent and, for language arts, the percentage increased from 64 to 78 percent.
Vermont Montpelier High School, Montpelier
The Sustainability Group aims to make the school a model of sustainability by reducing the ecological footprint of the school. Using lumber made from fallen trees, students have built a greenhouse to grow food for the cafeteria.
Virgin Islands St. Croix Educational Complex, Kingshill
The ELMER (Enhancing Literacy Through Math, English, and Reading) program helps low-performing students master the basic skills of mathematics, algebra, reading, and English. The school restructured its classes to create a good environment for academic achievement.