Education reform is bound to be a popular topic during 2004, a
presidential election year. Democratic presidential candidates will
debate their plans to improve the U.S. education system while
President Bush touts his efforts related to the No Child Left
Many school districts and private institutions also are trying
to revolutionize education by creating different campus atmospheres
and more rigorous courses. The Deer Valley Unified School District
in Arizona took a different spin on education and created High
School No. 5 in Anthem, Ariz., a school designed around a smaller
The high school, which officially will be named by parents and
community members before it opens to freshmen and sophomores in
August, will divide students into eight houses, or clusters.
Students mainly will attend classes within their individual
houses—each house will have computer and science
labs—but teachers will be encouraged to collaborate with
other clusters. By 2006, the school will host grades nine through
12 with at least 2,000 students.
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