Making Neighborhood High Schools a Viable Option – How?
Ok, I am back, recharged, and ready to discuss. Thanks for keeping the conversation going. I read a lot of the posts and there was a lot of interesting topics that could use a post of their own at some point.
Based on the most recent postings about the efforts it would take to make some of the highschools in the Tier 3/4 neighborhoods into an option that more parents would consider, I thought that might be a good topic. Someone suggested it might take more fundraising than it does for elementary schools. Do you guys agree with this? It might take some discussion to figure that out.
Obviously a first step is having a group of parents start learning about the school and report back on what they find.
What would YOU want to have in place to feel good about sending your child to Lake View, Amundsen, Mathers? How can the school convince you that it’s “safe?” (FYI, a parent I know from Evanston Township High School just reported to me that basically every kid in that school gets high. Yes, many kids there also excel at academics, but just so we know it’s not something that is absent in “good” suburban schools.) Do you need the “gentrified parents’ stamp of approval” that is partially what helped turn around many of the north side elem schools?
I know Lake View has lots of AP classes. Amundsen has an IB program. What do you need to know to determine if these are academic enough for your child?
Can 3 or more northside high schools ALL make a shift to draw more Tier 3/4 students? Or does it make sense to concentrate efforts on one school?
Should these schools even CARE about attracting more local kids when they already have plenty of students?
These are all questions I have and I need help getting my head around them so I’d love some opinions. Looks like I will officially be in the Amundsen zone now so I do plan to check out the school once I’m setting into my new home. It is about 2 block from where I’ll live and would be amazing to have my son be able to walk there. I think I’ll avoid looking at the school’s current test scores for a while just so I can keep up some hope.
I’ll answer outstanding emails this week too. Sorry for the delay!