Thursday, February 25, 2010

Brooklyn Based "Farm School"

Brooklyn Based published an article today on the Farm at the High School for public service.
Farm School (for full article click on link)
When Ben Shuldiner started the High School for Public Service in 2003, he had a heinous track record to fix. The Crown Heights high school was once part of Wingate High, where Marty Markowitz graduated, and where the graduation rate was only 23% in 2000. To fix its failing marks, the city transformed Wingate into four smaller schools, and now Shuldiner’s students are flourishing. His school had a graduation rate of 97% last year, and U.S. News and World Report has ranked it among the country’s top schools two years in a row.

The principal’s secret is simple. “When kids start to feel needed and feel like they’re doing important and good work, they start to really care about themselves,” says Shuldiner.