New York City’s Department of Education says the graduation rate in 2015 for New York City high schools saw a boost to 70.5 percent. That’s just under a 2 percent increase from 2014 and a 24 percent jump from 2005.
Much has changed over recent years in New York’s high schools. Graduation requirements are stricter now, with the local diploma no longer available. Many large city high schools have been broken up into smaller ones that share a big building. And the city has seen the emergence of non-traditional schools (called transfer schools or alternative high schools) that offer smaller classes and a more individualized approach on teaching.
West Brooklyn Community High School is one of those schools. Now in it’s 10th year, teachers there say they realize every student learns at a different rate. So they work out a personalized learning plan with each student’s guidance counselor, use one-on-one sessions, and hold daily conferences with other teachers to discuss what’s working and what can be improved.