$100 Million Awarded in Contest to Rethink U.S. High Schools
An organization announced on Wednesday that it had chosen the winners of $10 million grants in a competition to rethink the American high school.
The organization — the XQ Institute, which is backed by Laurene Powell Jobs — is funding 10 schools, for a total of $100 million.
One of the winners, the Somerville Steam Academy in Somerville, Mass., will operate without standard class periods and without separating students by age.
Rise High in Los Angeles will be designed for students who are homeless or in foster care. It will share locations around the city with service providers, like medical or mental health centers, and will have a mobile classroom to teach or tutor students wherever they are.
And in New York City, at the Brooklyn Laboratory Charter High School, the school day will last from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
“Each of these represent schools that don’t exist today,” said Russlynn H. Ali, chief executive of the XQ Institute and a former assistant secretary for civil rights at the federal Education Department.