Case Studies

Preparing college-ready graduates

All of these ISA partner schools have seven qualities in common: the seven ISA principles. Yet each school is unique, created in partnership with the school district to meet the specific needs of its community. All of these schools have one other important quality in common: results! Download the below case studies to better understand the mission, passion, and accomplishments of these ISA partner schools.

Innovation High School

Jersey City, New Jersey

Innovation High School is a small public high school located in Jersey City, New Jersey, founded in 2014 in partnership with ISA and New Jersey City University. The school has a curriculum focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics). Since its founding, Innovation High School has demonstrated noteworthy achievements in English language arts (ELA) teaching and learning, as evidenced by its students’ performance on state ELA tests.

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Marta Valle High School

New York City, New York

Marta Valle High School was a New York City public school serving high-need and underserved students. Since it commenced its partnership with the Institute for Student Achievement during the 2015-16 school year, the school made great strides in keeping students on track to graduation as well as graduating students in four years at rates that surpassed those of matched comparison students and citywide averages.

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Kensington Health Sciences Academy

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The mission of Kensington Health Sciences Academy is to prepare every student academically and holistically to be responsible, caring community members, ready for college or career upon graduation. Learn how KHSA partnered with ISA to advance the student-centered, personalized environment that boosted student engagement and the quality of relationships within and among staff and students.

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On-Time Graduation at 3 ISA-Founded High Schools

New York City, New York

The Academy for Young Writers, Brooklyn Preparatory High School, and Hillside Arts and Letters Academy are three New York City small public high schools founded in partnership with the Institute for Student Achievement. All three are recognized and celebrated for creating school cultures in which high academic expectations are consistently and continually communicated to students and staff, with targeted supports provided to achieve those expectations.

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Lessons from Bronxdale High School

Bronx, New York

A team of researchers from the Learning Policy Institute and the National Center for Restructuring of Education, Schools and Teaching study the social, emotional, and academic development infused by ISA when collaborating in the creation of Bronxdale High School.  A caring school in which no student is anonymous leads to positive results in achievement and student well-being.

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Park East High School Case Study

Park East High School
Manhattan, New York

The mission of Park East High School is to educate all students to be critical thinkers by conducting research, solving complex problems, clearly expressing ideas through writing, providing evidence to support arguments, and reading challenging texts. Learn how Park East partnered with the ISA to restructure the school, develop its current mission, and provide its student population with greater opportunities for success.

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Queens High School of Teaching Case Study

Queens High School of Teaching
Queens, New York

The Queens High School of Teaching is different by design, developing diverse learners who are prepared to become leaders and teachers in their communities and productive members of a global society. Learn how the New York Department of Education partnered with ISA to design and develop this achievement-focused, college-preparatory high school.

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Victory Collegiate High School Case Study

Victory Collegiate High School
Brooklyn, New York

Victory Collegiate High School believes that education is the most powerful instrument for sparking the revitalization essential to urban communities. Learn how ISA partnered with the New York Department of Education to develop this new school founded on a deep commitment to improving educational conditions and outcomes for America’s underserved youth.

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North Community High School Case Study

North Community High School
Minneapolis, Minnesota

In its students North Community High School ignites the twin flames of knowledge and imagination that can then sustain them through lifelong inquiry. The school equips its charges to study in world-renowned international educational programs, perform well on rigorous assessments, lead constructive change in their communities, and build ethical careers in a global, competitive marketplace.

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