Selective Public High Schools (Students are very engaged in the classroom…
Selective Public High Schools
Target Specific Demographics
Many of the Selective Public schools will target certain ethnic groups and will be considered to be racially imbalanced.
Individual exam schools often qualify as
racially "imbalanced": in nearly 70 percent of them, half or more of the students are of one
race.” (Finn, 2012, p.10)
Funding comes from non traditional ways!
such as fundraising—from
exceptionally devoted friends, sometimes in high places, including alums, local politicians,
business and university leaders, even journalists.” (Finn, 2012, p.13)
Students are very engaged in the classroom and behavioral issues are very minimal
“The schools we visited were serious, purposeful places: competitive but supportive, energized
yet calm. Behavior problems (save for cheating and plagiarism) were minimal and students
attended regularly, often even when ill. The kids wanted to be there, and were motivated to
succeed.” (Finn, 2012, p.10)
“Most classrooms we observed were alive, engaged places in which teachers appeared to have
high expectations for their pupils and planned their instruction around the assumption that
students can and want to learn.” (Finn, 2012, p.10)
Focus primarily on academic rigor such as AP test, and CCP courses.
“Several noted that they "only offer honors and AP courses." A few schools noted that students
do not take AP courses per se, either because they take actual college classes (at host colleges or
through dual-enrollment arrangements) or because they earn college credit for advanced
courses taught within the school itself.” (Finn, 2012, p.10)