Frequently Asked Questions
What changes are made as part of a school turnaround?
Although changes vary from school to school, most schools experience some of the following:
- A new focus on strong school leaders, including a new principal and extra support staff
- An extended learning day
- New technology (more computers and SMART Boards)
- Increased mentoring and professional development for teachers
- Specific programs and afterschool clubs to help students develop skills and interests
What special resources do turnaround schools receive?
schools receive the School Improvement Grant, a federal grant that
provides extra resources in addition to the local, state and federal
funds these schools already receive. Some schools receive additional
support from Race to the Top (another federal grant) or City Schools
How long does a turnaround take?
schools receive special resources and support for three years. And it
is expected that significant changes will take place during that time in
an effort to build the foundation for long-term reform.
Why should I consider attending a turnaround school?
schools represent an exciting opportunity to be part of something
innovative and new. They may bring new focuses on areas such as the
arts, technology or the environment, plus built-in hands-on activities
and internship opportunities.
schools are also a district priority, and the increase in
focus, resources and support make them well positioned to improve and
provide students with excellent opportunities to succeed in school and
Why was my school chosen?
year, City Schools reviews its portfolio of schools to determine where
it can make the most effective changes to improve options for students.
The district considers a wide range of factors and works closely with
school communities to identify potential candidates for turnaround. It
selects those persistently low-performing schools that it believes
will—with a new direction and additional resources—dramatically turn
performance around and realize high levels of student achievement.
Which schools have been included in the turnaround process?