Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
The Center for Collaborative Education, the Coalition of Essential Schools, and the New York City Board of Education piloted a new model for transforming failing urban high schools. Two failing high schools, Julia Richman in Manhattan, and James Monroe in the Bronx were phased out, and nine new small schools were founded to take their place. The large buildings were reconceived as multi-purpose, multi-age campuses, housing several autonomous small schools, as well as other agencies related to education. At the time, NCREST studied the launching of this project which is recorded in a publication titled, “The Coalition Campus Schools Project: Inching Toward Systemic Change in New York City.” Six years later, the Julia Richman Campus housed four autonomous high schools, one K8 school, a special education program for autistic children, a vocational/technical program, an infant-toddler center, a professional development teacher center, and a medical clinic. The Monroe Campus housed four autonomous high schools and is planning an elementary school. Both schools are governed by a building council of representatives from each of the schools/programs. How are the students doing? How are the campuses doing? How viable is this model for successfully transforming failing urban high schools? NCREST conducted a study to find out.