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Small Schools

By Sean Cavanagh — October 26, 2004 | Corrected: February 22, 2019 1 min read

Corrected: This story incorrectly referred to a new study by the Consortium on Chicago School Research. That report, released in September, is “Notes From the Ground: Teachers, Principals, and Students’ Perspectives on the Chicago High School Redesign Initiative, Year Two.” (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

“Chicago High School Redesign Initiative: A Snapshot of the First Year of Implementation,” is available online from the Consortium on Chicago School Research.

Teachers in five new, relatively small high schools in Chicago felt a strong sense of commitment to those schools during their first year of operation and believed they were given a voice in decisionmaking, a study has found.

Students in those institutions—established as part of Chicago’s ongoing effort to reform its 435,000-student system, partly through the creation of smaller schools—said they were pleased with the amount of personal attention they were given, according to the study. It was conducted by the Consortium on Chicago School Research, an independent research center at the University of Chicago.