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Choosing Small The Essential Guide to Successful High School Conversion

With low achievement and high drop-out rates plaguing our larger public high schools, communities across the country are creating smaller, more personalized schools that share a larger campus. Drawing on the Coalition of Essential Schools longtime experience in school design, Choosing Small offers practical and strategic guidance for educators interested in transforming their high school. Featuring interviews with educators experienced in school conversion, the book covers all aspects of the conversion planning and implementation process such as engaging a broad array of stakeholders, working with the district, creating vision statements for the new schools, building leadership and management structures, and identifying curricular options, as well as, instructional needs.


Feldman, J., Lopez, M. L., & Simon, K. G. (2005). Choosing Small: The Essential Guide to Successful High School Conversion. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.