Schools and Districts

The following schools and school districts are exemplars of the progressive educational practices The Forum supports.  We invite you to contact them to learn more about their work or to arrange a visit to learn from them first hand.  We have identified particular practices that each school features to guide your inquiry.

  • ACE Leadership High School, Albuquerque, NM
    The mission of ACE Leadership High School is to equip young people who love to design and build things. We serve young people who have limited means to have successful careers by caring for their intellectual, physical, and emotional well being as students.
  • Amy Biehl High School, Albuquerque, NM
    Amy Biehl High School (ABHS) prepares all students for success in top-quality colleges and the global economy while remaining rooted in the local community. Amy Biehl High School believes that with great teachers and a supportive environment ALL students can succeed, regardless of background and economic circumstances.  Every ABHS student takes a minimum of two college courses at the University of New Mexico or Central New Mexico Community College while simultaneously engaging with adults in their community through service.  By preparing students in this manner, we are creating the leaders of tomorrow for our state. As we celebrate our tenth anniversary, our record speaks for itself.   
  • Central Academy Nongraded Elementary and Middle School, Middletown City Schools, Middletown, Ohio.
    We are a multi-aged, progressive, democratic school with shared leadership in staff and students. Our middle school students graduate by portfolio and participate in a service learning internship. We also utilize advisories and other structures facilitating and nurturing the development of responsible student voice and power. Our elementary students move at their own pace, utilize project-based learning, and stay with the same teacher for two years.
  • Fenway High School, Boston, MA
    Fenway, a Pilot high school in Boston, founded in 1983 as an alternative school program, demonstrates that an urban school, with a diverse student population in race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and prior academic achievement can maintain both a strong school community and high academic standards. Fenway’s vitality, innovative programming and respectful school culture have made it a model for the small schools movement across the country.
  • Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School, Devens, MA
    A six-year public secondary school of choice, the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School was started in 1995 by parents and teachers committed to the principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools. All students demonstrate mastery of a core of essential skills, and showcase their learning through portfolios and public exhibitions of their work.
  • June Jordan School for Equity, San Francisco, CA
    June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE) is a small high school located in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco. The school is named after writer and activist June Jordan, whom Alice Walker called “the universal poet.” Our mission is to prepare a diverse group of urban youth to be:
    community: community members who show respect, integrity, courage, and humility
    social justice: agents of change in their school, their neighborhoods, and the world
    independent thinkers: intellectuals with the skills necessary to succeed in college and life
  • Mission Hill School, Boston, MA
    The Mission Hill School is a Boston Public School, serving children in grades K-8. We are a small community, with approximately 170 students. Our Multi-age classrooms typically consist of no more than 20 students and most children spend two years with the same teacher.
  • Noble High School, North Berwick, ME
    Located on an 180 acre campus in rural Maine, Noble High School embraced massive reform in the early 1990's designed to ensure all students are known well, engage in real work, and demonstrate mastery of learning.