Lake High School occupies a full block in a medium-sized midwestem city. Built in the late 1920s, the brick structure is home to 2,800 students in Grades 10 through 12. Students move from class to class through their seven-period day and enjoy a full complement of extracurricular activities. The building opens at 6 a.m. for staff and faculty. Students can take a zero-hour class-jazz band and aerobics are popular offerings-and they begin to arrive around 6:30. The school is open late as well. Extracurricular sports begin after the last bell rings, as do many clubs and rehearsals for several musical and drama groups.

The faculty at Lake High School are proud of the school’s academic tradition. Over the years, the school has produced a number of National Merit Scholars and 85% of the students go on to a 4-year college. Many of these students are the first in their family to attend a 4-year school; a source of pride for the faculty and parents in the community. Members of the faculty often comment on their ability to engage their students in

higher order thinking and cooperative activities. They credit the efforts of the junior high and elementary schools in the district with setting the stage for the success of students at Lake High.