Small Schools

Displaying all 8 small schools library resources

  • Putting the Pieces Together: Sustainable Funding for Expanded Time in Public Schools

    A large body of research points to the benefits of Expanded Learning Time (ELT). But reliable funding for this extra time is a big challenge for many districts and schools. This study explores options to find sustainable funding within districts. More »

  • Transforming School Funding: A Guide to Implementing Student-Based Budgeting

    Student-Based Budgeting (SBB) allocates dollars to schools based on the number of enrolled students, where each student receives a funding "weight" based on need. In this Guide, you will find the key decisions and practical steps necessary for considering whether SBB is right for your school system. More »

  • Cost of Small High Schools: A Literature Review

    In this review, we consider the limited research on small high school expenditures, resource use, and constraints to understand the key questions surrounding the cost of small high schools and to identify further areas for investigation. More »

  • Case Studies of Leading Edge Small Urban High Schools

    These nine detailed case studies of small urban high schools served as the foundation for ERS’ report Strategic Designs: Lessons from Leading Edge Small Urban High Schools. We dubbed these nine schools “leading edge schools” because they stand apart from other high schools across the country in... More »

  • By Design Not Default

    Optimizing District Spending on Small High Schools

    School districts across the country are redesigning their portfolios of high schools to include more small high schools. Over the past three years, Education Resource Strategies (ERS), with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, partnered with both schools and districts to understand... More »

  • District Spending in Small and Large High Schools

    Lessons from Baltimore City, Boston, and Chicago

    Do districts have to spend more to create small schools? This report finds that three large urban districts spend more on small high schools than on large high schools — but they don’t necessarily have to. While this higher spending is not necessarily undesirable, it is also not always... More »

  • Strategic Designs: Lessons from Leading Edge Small High Schools

    This report illustrates how nine high-performing, small urban high schools across the U.S. are thinking about and organizing resources strategically to best meet their students’ most pressing needs. Through interviews and reviews of class schedules, staffing strategies, budgets, and more, the... More »

  • The Strategic School

    Making the Most of People, Time, and Money

    How can schools best use the resources they already have? That question is at the heart of this inspiring book for school and district administrators challenged with increasing student performance without additional funding. Exploring the link between purposeful resource allocation and academic... More »