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Breakthrough Schools

The Breakthrough Schools program, initiated in 2007, identifies, recognizes, and showcases middle level and high schools that serve large numbers of students living in poverty and are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement.

Selection criteria are based on a school's documented success in implementing strategies aligned with the three core areas of Breaking Ranks II for middle level and high schools that have led to improved student achievement, and include the following:

Collaborative leadership: professional learning communities, shared leadership, and student and staff leadership development;
Personalization: attention to all students, mentoring, and school/community connections;
Curriculum, instruction, and assessment: access to rigorous coursework for all students, differentiated instruction with multiple assessments, data-based decision making, and opportunities for career development.

For additional information, please contact:

Josephine Franklin
NASSP Associate Director for Research and Information Resources
1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191
Phone: 703-860-7281
Fax: 703-476-5432


2014 Honorees

Breakthrough Schools Policy Briefing
Making Learning Personal in High Schools
The Role of School Leaders

Congratulations to the MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough Schools 2014 honorees!

Alice Ott Middle School, Portland, OR
Garner Magnet High School, Garner, NC
Hastings Middle School, Hastings, NE
John Marshall Fundamental Secondary School, Pasadena, CA
Maplewood Richmond Heights High School, St. Louis, MO
Oberlin High School, Oberlin, OH
Sleepy Hollow High School, Sleepy Hollow, NY
Troy Howard Middle School, Belfast, ME
William Smith High School, Aurora, CO


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