Small-school model turns troubled Atlanta campus into leader

Atlanta's Carver High School will serve as a model for the entire district, as $10.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helps the district to transform all of its traditional high schools into smaller learning communities. Carver, where attendance and morale were at rock bottom, three years ago became a series of smaller, separate schools with just 400 students each and autonomous principals and faculties and discrete academic themes. Attendance rates are now as high as 98%.

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