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Delta Prep Offers Students A Unique Learning Experience through an ISA Partnership

This September, Detroit Delta Preparatory School for Social Justice (Delta Prep), which is an independent charter school in Detroit, MI,...

College Credit Isn’t the Only Thing ISA Students Received from High School Summer Scholars Program at NJCU

This past summer 14 Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) students participated in the second year of the High School Summer...

Second Year of High School Summer Scholars Program Proves a Success

The first of the seven ISA principles is to provide students with a college preparatory instructional program. ISA schools do...

Teaching Students to Become Mathematical Thinkers

One intent of the Common Core is to engage students in deeper learning. Doing so requires teachers to rethink their...

Distributed Counseling: “It Takes a Village” Approach

Adolescents learn best in close-knit, nurturing environments where no student can fall through the cracks and where they develop “relational...

Paving the Way to College: New Jersey City University High School Summer Scholars Program

New Jersey City University is helping to prepare ISA students for success in college and career through its High School...

Meeting Higher Standards in Mathematics and Inquiry Instruction

Contributed by Jonathan D. Katz, Ed.D Students have sat in mathematics classrooms year after year often feeling what they are...

Academic Language

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), now adopted in 45 states and the District of Columbia, have placed increasing demands...

Developing Critical Skills for College and Career Readiness

Bronx Envision Academy Bronx Envision Academy is making great strides to prepare its students for success, as evidenced by its...

Creating a Positive School Culture & Driving Student Achievement

Bronxdale High School At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, faculty and leadership at Bronxdale High School set a...

The Big Idea Project: Fostering College Readiness

What’s The Big Idea at Hudson High School of Learning Technologies? What happens when you give senior students freedom within...

Creating a Culture of Restorative Justice

During sweltering summer days in 2013, the staff of the Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights gathered at ISA’s...

Bringing College and Career Readiness to the Curriculum at L.I.F.E.

Life Academy High School for Film & Music (L.I.F.E. Academy) is doing amazing things with its student population, as evidenced...

How to Evaluate a K-12 School

Choosing a school for your child is very personal. Every child is unique, and different children will thrive in different...