Student voice and school choice in the Boston pilot high schools
School choice has become a widespread policy for improving education. Because the goal of choice is to provide high-quality education to all students, we examined student perceptions in applying to and attending four high schools that are successful in educating low-income students and students of color. Students chose schools based on perceived fits of specific academics, support, and school culture characteristics. Students found these schools provided college and career preparation, teachers who pay attention to academic and personal needs, and positive student relationships. Although students at two schools applied with one feature in mind, they found their schools provided features that met unanticipated needs. We conclude by describing school structures that create the conditions that students value.