High Schools: Letting the Students Run Things

Freedom Annex in Washington, D.C., is a different kind of high school. It has no grades, no desks for teachers, no bells to end classes. The students choose the teachers and set the curriculum. They attend only if they choose, and they create hardly any disciplinary problems. Any that arise are handled by students, not teachers. Freedom Annex is, in fact, the first accredited student-run high school in the U.S.

"Modern Strivers." The school was opened last month after a year's preparation by students at Washington's Eastern High School, where there are only three whites in...