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High School Graduation

6 Gifts For High School Grads That They'll Actually Want (And Use)

The Huffington Post | Carly Steyer | Posted 04.22.2015 | Teen

Graduation season is rolling around again, and with it, the annual question of what to get for friends or relatives who are heading off to college cam...

A Rising Tide of Graduation Rates

John Bridgeland | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
John Bridgeland

On the first stepping-stone toward social mobility -- getting a high school diploma -- the nation continues to make progress, while serious challenges remain in some states and communities.

March Into College Readiness

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 03.09.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

March is a busy time for high school juniors and their families. Here are our March college readiness tips.

No ESEA Bill Is Better Than One That Fails to Protect the Poorest Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For fifty years Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) has been the primary source of federal funding targeted to schools to serve poor children. Sadly, from the beginning states didn't keep their end of the bargain.

U.S. High School Graduation Rate Reaches High Of 81 Percent

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

The U.S. high school graduation rate reached a new high of 81 percent for the 2012–2013 school year, according to data released Thursday by the Depa...

I'm a High School Dropout

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 04.04.2015 | Black Voices
Kimanzi Constable

I was just another statistic. A young black man who dropped out of high school, living on the streets and doing whatever he could to survive.

Braving Kilimanjaro: The Senior Class Trip of a Lifetime

THINK Global School | Posted 03.16.2015 | Travel
THINK Global School

My leg muscles didn't burn the way I thought they would. Other than my head and belly, my body felt strong and fine. But an able body was not the most important asset for continuing up that huge, dark, daunting incline.

Re-Engagement Programs Offer the 20% of Young People Who Leave School Before Graduating a Second Chance

John Gomperts | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
John Gomperts

Don't Call Them Dropouts showed that the young people who leave school early are not quitting on themselves or their future. We can't quit on them either.

An Etiquette Guide to College Admissions News

Peyton Price | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Peyton Price

Good for him! Jock scholarship I bet he can't wait! Party school Smart choice. Community college

Letting Go Is a Lot Harder the Third Time Around

Amy Byrnes | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Amy Byrnes

They do this, kids. They start out making you weak at the knees with the love you feel for them -- their tiny little fingers and sweet-smelling heads -- and then push you to the brink of homicide after a few short years of incessantly asking, "Why?" and "Why not?"

College Visit With My Firstborn

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

Last week, my son and I did what many have done before us: We visited a college campus. We spent the night in a hotel, took a tour the next day, spoke to some students and ate some college food.

Entire School Holds Early Graduation For Teen With Cancer Who Has 4 Months To Live

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 10.24.2014 | Good News

When this teen with cancer was told she was running out of time, her friends and family made sure she wouldn't miss one of the biggest milestones in a...

The Number One Question We Should Be Asking Low-Income Students

Isa Adney | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Isa Adney

One of the faculty who had worked with an elementary school where the teachers visited the homes of each parent shared how they start each meeting with a simple, yet profound question: "What are your hopes and dreams for your child?"

7 Things To Make Sure You Do During Your Child's Senior Year

Grown And Flown | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Grown And Flown

It seems like the kids are grown, that the need to document their gorgeous faces has lost its urgency as the transitions slow. Wrong. That just-finished-childhood-not-quite-adult look is fleeting. Get someone who knows what they are doing to capture it.

Keeping Your Eye on the Prize: Raising High School Student Achievement

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Note: Today's guest post comes to us from Gerry House, President, Institute for Student Achievement. In the last 25 years, both as a school superint...

My Last First Day Of High School

Kaitlyn Kaminski | Posted 11.10.2014 | Teen
Kaitlyn Kaminski

It seems like just yesterday when I was going to kindergarten with my twin, Kayleigh, and one of my best friends to this day, Joey. I remember vaguely learning how to write my name and learning about shapes. Where did the time go?

10 Things to Pack When You Go to College

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 10.19.2014 | College
Robert E. Johnson

Whether you are heading off to college this fall as a freshman or as a returning student, it is critical that you think about your preparation -- not just in the practical matters of packing to outfit your residence hall room -- but also in preparing your mindset so you can truly get the most out of college.

I'm 'Officially' An Adult, But That Doesn't Mean I Have It All Figured Out (Yet)

Ashley Castillo | Posted 09.13.2014 | Teen
Ashley Castillo

On the last day of school, as I said goodbye to everyone, I didn't fully understand that it was the last time I'd be seeing the same people every day, or following a bell schedule and even having a gym class.

This Graduation Speech Will Be Stuck In Your Head All Day

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.01.2014 | Teen

Connecticut high school graduate Gregory Corning is clearly a man of many talents. Not only does the Wethersfield High School salutatorian have academ...

The 7 Words You Should Say Before You Graduate

Rosana Maximo | Posted 08.27.2014 | Teen
Rosana Maximo

It's strange and amazing how a couple of things can shape the future and your path in life. If we look back to what caused us to go to college and what things lead us there, you'd be amazed as well.

Could You Have Handled an 8-5 Schedule When You Were in High School?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.27.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Over the past four years, students in the first graduating class of Southland College Prep Charter High School spent five days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. preparing for the next phase of their lives.

Class Of 2014, We've Come A Long Way

Opemipo Akerele | Posted 08.26.2014 | Teen
Opemipo Akerele

Surely, I am excited for a new life in higher education, but I think it is truly important to take a look back and reflect on how far we have all come.

The Real Pain Of The Empty Nest

Grown And Flown | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Grown And Flown

The moment they walked out the door for nursery school, middle school, college or their "real life," I will know them a little less.

What Every Graduate Needs To Know About Real Life

Laura Munson | Posted 08.16.2014 | Fifty
Laura Munson

I can never remember if the word 'commencement' means beginning or ending. My knee jerk reaction is to think that it means ending, though my writer's mind quickly corrects it.

A CEO's Advice to the Class of 2014

Julie Smolyansky | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Julie Smolyansky

Last week, I had the surreal and humbling honor of accepting the Distinguished Alumni Award at my high school alma mater, Niles North in Skokie, IL. ...