a College in the Hood [21.2 MB—includes audio track]
Withrow High School, Cincinnati, OH – download
a Outside Is Our School [2.9 MB]
Russian Mission School, Russian Mission, AK – download
a Preventing Negative Body Image and Eating Disorders [1.1 MB]
Sehome High School, Bellingham, WA – download


a The Problem We All Live With [Running time: 21:26]
Brighton High School, Boston, MA
Students at inner city and suburban high schools want equally to go to college, but do they get the same preparation and academic opportunities? A leadership class at Brighton High School in Boston took on this question. They surveyed and interviewed students in three city and three suburban Boston schools and the disparities they uncovered were stunning.
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a Big to Small [Running time: 14:07]
Enumclaw High School, Enumclaw, WA
In 2002 Enumclaw High School, near Seattle, Washington, decided to break itself into seven small schools. It’s been a complex undertaking. A team of student videographers documents the change process, asking “Can an already thriving comprehensive high school effectively convert to a more successful, small school design?”
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a Trend Setters [Running time: 18:55]
Bronx Aerospace Academy, Bronx, NY
When a small school sets up quarters within a large high school, friction can develop. The students at Bronx Aerospace Academy, a small ROTC school located within Evander Childs High School in the Bronx, know this firsthand. They feel their Evander classmates single them out for harassment. Evander students worry that they are second-class citizens in their own school.
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a Overcoming Obstacles [Running time: 12:00]
Bronx International High School, Bronx, NY
For many immigrant students, the path to college can be daunting. It’s hard enough when you are the first in your family to go to college, and harder still when you must negotiate a new language, culture, and system. A group of seniors at Bronx International High School, a small school for new immigrants to the United States, document the obstacles they face.
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a Soul Element [Running time: 14:10]
Boston Arts Academy, Boston, MA
Within a baseball’s throw of Boston’s Fenway Park, an ensemble of young men of color stares downs their demons. They discuss sex, racism, fathers, anger, guns, and drug addiction. This is Soul Element, a theater project created by thirteen high school students to address the violence and fatalism that besiege their communities and their peers. They do so by laying themselves bare onstage.
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a Introducing High School Redesign [Running time: 13:00]
Austin Voices for Education and Youth/Garza High School, Austin TX
With a video camera to her eye, Alice Giaccone, 18, moves through a buzzing high school hallway at lunchtime. She poses the same question to each person she stops: “What do you think of high school redesign?” Alice, along with seven other “youth mobilizers,” spent the past year documenting what young people want—and don’t want—from their high schools in Austin, TX.
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a Gardeners’ Stories [Running time: 7:50]
Grant Union High School, Sacramento, CA
Community gardens in urban centers provide not only a green oasis, but also a chance for neighbors of all ages and backgrounds to grow fresh produce together. In Sacramento, community gardens attract new immigrants who farmed in their native land. In this multimedia slideshow, students at Grant Union High School tell the stories. broadband | dialup
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a Inside Out: How A School Turns Itself Around
Grant Union High School, Sacramento, CA
Good, bad, or average—everyone knows a school's reputation. It builds up over time and then sticks like glue to the students and teachers who go there. But that verdict can be unfair. Look at a school with a good reputation and you see a tradition of winning. Its students come from neighborhoods and families with more money. Its facilities are well maintained. It offers plenty of Advanced Placement courses. Almost nobody ever drops out, and almost everybody goes on to college. At schools with bad reputations, it's the opposite. Everywhere you look, you see the signs of poverty. Grates cover the windows, the textbooks are old, and you don't find many trophy cases. More kids drop out than go to college. Starting in the winter of 2005, students at Providence’s Central High School, long considered the “worst” school in the city, began an online journal with WKCD called “Inside Out.” The goal was simple: to give the community—inside and outside the school—a better appreciation of how Central is changing.




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