At a time when the public, researchers, and policymakers are losing confidence in public schooling, this presentation of case studies of four schools offers solutions and concrete models of diverse ways in which excellence can be attained in middle-grade schools. Asking what "effectiveness" means for the young adolescent age group (a hitherto unexplored area in research literature), how effective schools come about, and how they achieve acceptance in their communities, Lipsitz identifies and examines successful middle-grade schools, noting that the major problem in schooling is meeting the massive individual differences in the development of early adolescents.

part |2 pages

Expanding the Definition of Effectiveness

part |2 pages

Case Studies of Successful Middle-Grade Schools

chapter 2|4 pages

An Introduction to the Schools

chapter 3|32 pages

“Proud Country”

Western Middle School Alamance County, North Carolina

chapter 4|34 pages

A Parable for Hard Times

Region 7 Middle School (The Dorothy L. Fisher Magnet Middle School) Detroit, Michigan

chapter 5|36 pages

“Noe Place like Noe”

Samuel V. Noe Middle School Louisville, Kentucky

chapter 6|36 pages

Inspired Malcontents

The Shoreham–Wading River Middle School Shoreham, New York

part |2 pages

Recurrent Themes in Successful Middle-Grade Schools

chapter 7|38 pages

The Challenge of the Schools