Schools Of The Year: Schools That Stretch

We searched America for educational pioneers. They have one trait in common: great expectations

Is there good news about America's schools? Yes: Some of them are simply great, even against great odds. What makes them that way? To start with, gifted teachers and inspiring principals. But an exemplary school must also set great expectations--for instructors, students and parents. Great schools ask everyone to stretch. Then they give kids the tools and attention they need to reach their goals. We present to you on these pages our choices for TIME's Schools of the Year, the most accomplished K-12 institutions we found in a search that began last fall. Writer-reporter Andrew Goldstein and staff writer Jodie Morse...

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