Tag: high school students

High School Performance Results Show Progress in the City


Dr. Andres Alonso reported to the school community yesterday improvements in high school drop out rates and other measures of success for city high schoolers.  That’s good news for all Baltimoreans.  See below the email the CEO of schools sent yesterday afternoon. We have also linked at the end of the story to the city schools’ press release and PowerPoint presentation.

Dear City Schools Colleagues, Staff, Partners and Friends,

Today our focus and absolute priority in Baltimore City Public Schools has been on finalizing preparations to re-open our 204 schools and programs tomorrow, Thursday, November 1, following extensive damage by Superstorm Sandy.

But we also have some very big news to share.

Baltimore Seniors Get to Work in Final Days of High School

Friends Senior Abby Preston at Days End Farm Horse Rescue

Area high school seniors eschew classes in May for a taste of the real world.

By May, most seniors are checked out of high school – at least unofficially. Having ripped open college acceptance (and rejection) letters weeks ago, the pending graduates find little to keep them motivated. Painfully aware of the rampant apathy, teachers are equally eager to see seniors go. Rather than suffer through an uninspiring end to the year, several independent high schools end senior classes in the final weeks before graduation, sending the soon-to-be graduates off campus for a glimpse of the working world.

Getting In: May 1 – National College Enrollment Deposit Day


Today is May 1st – the date that college-bound kids (and their parents) have to put money down on the college of their choice.  These kids have been thinking about where they are going to go to college for somewhere between 18 months and 18 years.  It’s no surprise for most of them that the moment of truth has arrived.  Now, what will they do?

There are lots of good reasons for choosing a college:  academic rigor, geographic desirability, size of undergraduate programs, access to graduate programs, diversity, etc.  But let’s say your child was accepted at a bunch of great schools that have different things going for them.  How should he or she evaluate which is best?  We received an email from our daughter’s college of choice yesterday telling us how to evaluate.  And even if our daughter hadn’t already committed to this school, both practically and emotionally, I hope the email would have tipped the scale for her.

High School Students Know Little About Civil Rights Movement


Only two percent of high school seniors in 2010 could answer a simple question about the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. 

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the farther away from the South — and the smaller the African-American population — the less attention paid to the civil rights movement. Sixteen states do not require instruction about the movement. In another 19, coverage is minimal. 

As the nation prepared earlier this year to dedicate a monument to Martin Luther King, Jr., the Southern Poverty Law Center undertook a comprehensive review of the civil rights movement in state curricula. Read the findings of the review at splcenter.org