Small Schools deliver the New Three Rs, according to Bill Gates. Rigor, Relevance and Relationships are better in a school where the principal knows every student by name. (note this hyperlink does not work on DOE computers)
Excerpted below :
"But thanks to a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the school
system overhauled the way it does business.
It split a school of
1,300 students into four smaller "learning communities," each
with its own faculty.
The teachers now stay with the students all
four years and create in effect surrogate families. Now 71 percent of students
at Clover Park earn their diplomas."
Progress at this high school
came from teachers getting to know their students and the
challenges they face..."