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